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VOL. XCVII 



SAN FRANCISCO, CAL, SATURDAY, JULY 5, 1919 



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PEACE! 

And still no telephone service. 

Now Eamonn de Valera wants the League Covenant re- 
vised too. 

Mayor Rolph is trying his hand at Alfred Sydney Burle- 
son. Joy be to the Mayor. 

We hope our hotels and cafes appreciate the advantage 

of J. Barleycorn's funeral. 

Just "be a good loser" was the only request of Chief 

White during John Barleycorn's wake. 

The Germans are given the alternative of accepting the 

Treaty and grinning or they need not grin. 

Burleson refuses to help in the telephone strike. Well, 

Alfred isn't known for his helpful attitude. 

We can now try the case of Civilization vs. the dis- 
tinguished wood-chopper, William Hohenzollern. 

The Prune is declared king in Santa Clara Valley. 

Judging from present prices he is well crowned. 

A Summerville Probation Officer gives 26 reasons as 

to why men get drunk. Twenty-five of the reasons are: Be- 
cause he wants to. 

The Irish question has been left in Clemenceau's hands. 

The Poor Old Tiger seems to to be a unanimous target for the 
world buck passers. 

Having concluded Peace in Europe, Wilson is coming 

home to fight, it is reported. We suggest Alfred Sydney Bur- 
leson for the first bout. 

San Francisco schools are to have a demonstrator to 

teach the children how to brush their teeth. It will be "bring 
your own tooth brush'" next fall. 

The reported escape of the former German Crown 

Prince was much exaggerated. Freddie is still writing his 
memoirs at Weirigen in the Zuyder Zee. 

The President is of the opinion that the peace treaty 

guards against future storms. He probably doesn't consider 
the Senate opposition larger than a squall. 



The police chiefs of the country are preparing plans to 

fight the "Reds." Perhaps if they wou'.d catch at least one 
it might be effective. 

The President says that the prohibition law cannot be 

avoided at the present time. That settles it; John Barleycorn 
has got to go for the present at least. 

The United States is bound to be a popular place for 

European rulers this fall. The President has received the 
promises of nearly a hundred that they will visit us. 

Our own Hiram's Russian policy seems to be bearing 

fruit. British, French and Italian labor representatives have 
decided to protest against the Allied intervention in Russia. 

The life of an Italian statesman can hardly be said to 

be one of joy. Roman mobs have threatened personal violence 
to the new Premier Nitti. Putting the nit in Nitti. we suppose. 

The Sacramento Bar Association has decided to revise 

its schedule, and increase the cost of divorce. You couldn't 
expect the lawyers to keep out with everybody else raising 
prices. 

Except for burglars, John Barleycorn can be safely 

stored in the cellars after July 1st. Our National Fathers at 
Washington decided to bar the search of homes for liquor and 
refused to pass a bill permitting it. 

Noted people are to be asked to define patriotism by the 

defense at the conspiracy trial of A. C. Townley, President of 
the National Non-Partisan League. How about including 
Sergeant York. America's greatest soldier? 

Claud Kitchen of Scotland Neck, N. C. says that the 

Representatives have not saved anything, and that the savings 
they have claimed are bald mis-statements. Claude will be 
remembered as the author of the Luxury Tax. 

It is now up to United States Attorney-General Palmer 

to say when demobilization has been fully completed. It would 
seem that Mr. Palmer's life was full enough with the radical at- 
tempt to bomb him without passing him the war time prohibi- 
tion "buck." 

The North Dakota Non-Partisan League carried its 

campaign for state-owned flour mills and utilities. The state 
is now embarked in business to the extent of ten million dol- 
lars. The taxpayer will probably have to pay the cost, but 
still it's a pretty experiment. 

To make universal suffrage an accomplished fact will 

cost the State of California ten million dollars. A special ses- 
sion of the Legislature will be necessary to ratify the Federal 
amendment. Irrespective of the cost, the ladies say they are 
bound to have either a vote or a voter. 

Former German Chancellor von Bethmann-Hollweg 

has assumed full blame for the war and asks the allies to place 
him on trial instead of the former emperor. Hollweg is the first 
and only German to admit even the possibility of guilt. His 
whole effort, however, is to save the emperor. William's skin 
still seems to be precious to the military element. 



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July 5, 1919 






That we have reached a new and 
High Prices Likely higher level of prices is the opinion 
to Remain. expressed by most of the country's 

leading business men. The United 
States Department of Labor has secured opinions from various 
men representative in their particular sphere, and 95 % of the 
opinions are to the effect that prices, if they recede at all. will 
do so very gradually, and not enough to materially effect the 
cost of living. 

J. Ogden Armour bases his opinion upon the permanently 
increased cost of labor and high taxation. Labor is the basic 
element in determining the cost of the finished product and con- 
sumes in the final analysis 75% or more of the cost of the 
average commodity. Since 1914 there has been a practical 
stoppage of immigration to America and several million work- 
ers who would normally have come here have stayed away. 

Europe and the world, in general, is short of practically all 
agricultural and manufactured products. The foreign demand 
is bound to be enormous when the question of finances have 
been worked out by the international bankers, and this ques- 
tion is nearing solution. 

There is an urgent demand for building and construction of 
every class, due to the stoppage during the period of the war, 
and this industry is bound to absorb any surplus labor that 
we might have had. The railroads will call for an immense 
amount of labor and in all probability shipping, dyes, and the 
new industries will continue to demand large quantities of 
labor. With this condition will come a labor shortage, and 
the price of labor will be accordingly high. With labor per- 
manently high, the cost of living is bound to remain, high. 
judged by 1914 standards. 

Just at the present time there is some surplus in meats, but 
the public is not getting the benefit of it, particularly in beef. 
To hold prices up, the beef is being stored awaiting the financ- 
ing of the European consumers so there is little, if any, chance 
of a reduction of price on that article. 

The American consumer will probably have to adjust him- 
self to this condition and arrive at the conclusion that with a 
world demand and permanently higher priced labor a higher 
level of prices for practically all commodities will be main- 
tained. 



With the President on his way back from 
Sensible Ohinion Europe, Senate opposition to the League 
Supports League, of Nations is marshalling its forces for an 
appeal to public sentiment. The Presi- 
dent has indicated that he will tour the entire country explain- 
ing the covenant and expresses his entire satisfaction that when 
it shall have been thoroughly explained the League of Nations 
will be supported by the great bulk of American opinion. Op- 
position Senators will also tour the country in their effort to 
alienate favorable sentiment. 

Conservatives don't like the covenant because they believe 
primarily in the "big stick" to settle all international problems. 
On the one hand they deplore war but on the other believe in 
retaining all of its essentials. Of course they rarely, if ever, 
do any of the fighting. 

The ultra liberal is equally dissatisfied because the Presi- 
dent's Fourteen Points were not rigidly adhered to. They gen- 
erally hoped that the covenant could be perfect in each and 
every particular. The President realizes that some of the prac- 
tical problems could not be settled in a practical manner and 
has so stated in a public address. 

The foremost purpose of the League of Nations is to provide 
a method by which the possibility of war if not actually elim- 
inated, can at least be minimized. This the League actually 



accomplishes for the first time in history. 

It is a strange thing that few. if any, of the League opposi- 
tion actually fought in the last conflict. A favorite appeal for 
sentiment against the League is that it conflicts with true 
Americanism. Probably the best exponents of true American- 
ism are the men who actually did the fighting in Europe and 
they are not numbered in the opposition to the League. 

If the nations of the world are to discontinue hugh military 
establishments and the expense and waste necessary to support 
them, there must be something to take their place. 

The hope and aim of the great bulk of Americans is the 
elimination of war and they will not be swayed by a little group 
whose sole aim is politics. 

Sensible American opinion, and that is the majority, sup- 
ports the League of Nations. 



Despite efforts of various civic bodies to 
Strike Continues, bring the telephone strikers and the com- 
pany together, the strike continues. San 
Francisco has so far accepted the inconvenience without com- 
plaint and the loss to business is serious. The telephone has 
become an absolute necessity and many businesses are depend- 
ent upon it for their very existence. 

The company has given in a very little, and the strikers a 
very little more, and so the deadlock still exists. The Post 
Master General has been appealed to but has refused to act. It 
could not be expected that Mr. Burleson would accomplish any- 
thing. He, of course, does not have to submit to the incon- 
venience and loss, and therefore is not interested. 

In the meantime the strikers are losing wages and even if 
thy should gain everything they are asking they will still be 
the losers. The company's loss will be large. They will be 
compelled to make some adjustment with their subscribers and 
in the meantime are paying excessive wages to keep up even 
a little service. 

But the chief loss is to the telephone user. The subscriber 
has had nothing to say as to whether there should be a walkout 
and if so how long it should last. And the greatest bill will 
be borne by the public. Any substancial increase to the strik- 
ers will be met in all probability by increase of rates on the 
part of the company. The loss from lack of service is already 
substantial to the public. 

It is time that the public interest be recognized by both sides 
and an earnest effort to come to agreement be made by both 
sides. 

The time for mere stubbornness has gone by. 



Despite the Secretary of War's efforts to se- 
War Waste, cure an appropriation for a half million army, 
Congress has only provided for a maximum of 
300,000, and this number will probably be still further reduced. 
If ever there was a need for economy in Government affairs it 
is now and there is no better way to provide it than by reducing 
the army fund. 

The necessary waste incurred during the war was expected, 
but there is no need to carry on the system. A larger army 
than is absolutely necessary is sheer waste, not only in Gov- 
ernment expenditure, but in the fact that the men will be with- 
drawn from useful occupations and when every indication 
points to an actual shortage of labor supply. It is equally un- 
necessary to purchase camp sites. The regular army posts 
provide ample ground for any army that is likely to be au- 
thorized. The War Department should be held to the strictest 
economy for the coming year and war waste eliminated en- 
tirely. 



July 5, 1919 



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Ruth Chatterton in "The Merrie Month of May.'' 

For the last two months it has looked like old times at the 
Columbia Theatre, where Henry Miller and Ruth Chatterton 
have played to capacity houses. This last Monday night Miss 
Chatterton opened in her great Eastern success, "The Merrie 
Month of May," for which the public have been on the tip-toe 
of expectancy. Few stars or productions have earned the 
enormous repute that has been won by Miss Chatterton in this 
play. Guy Scarborough is the author, and to his credit be it 
written that it is a smart, up-to-date comedy, American, in the 
best sense of the word, and with a Western breeziness par- 
ticularly dear to the heart of a Western audience. 

That it is a Henry Miller production is saying the last word 
in praise of the aggregation of players this favorite star has 
brought to San Francisco and of the artistry of the setting. 
The scene is layed in Washington, in the living-room of an 
old-fashioned home of the present time, and the play gets its 
title from the balmy May night on which the action takes 
place. 

Miss Chatterton plays the part of Judith Balwin, daughter of 
an Arizona Senator, at home with him in Washington. This 
role of a much sought-after debutante is in great contrast to 
the role Miss Chatterton portrayed last week, that of the dig- 
nified young French wife of the period of 1750. Her natural 
charm and wonderful speaking voice, added to her grace, 
youth and her great talent as an actress, explain at once the 
place she has won on the dramatic ladder of fame, and at the 
same time why "The Merrie Month of May" has been her- 
alded as one of the greatest of recent successes. 

Miss Lucille Watson, who is a favorite in her own right in 
San Francisco, proves herself once more a talented artist. 
James Rennie, Charles Trowbridge, Sidney Booth, Katherine 
Emmett, Edward Fielding, Flora Sheffield and Lawrence Ed- 
dinger are the remaining personnel of this noteworthy cast. 

© © © 

Orpheunt Offers High Class Vaudeville. 

The old-time "Intermission" at the Orpheum Theatre has 
become a thing of the past, and that even before the fatal 
July 1st. The patrons of vaudeville would never miss it or need 
it to wet the parched throat or brighten the nodding eye, if 
they could always be sure of nine such varied and excellent 
acts as appear on this week's program. It's true that nobody 
missed a chance to get off a pet one about prohibition, but the 
audience, with nothing nearer to the human heart at this 
particular moment, was with the John Barleycorn joker every 
time. Along with this "wet" and "dry" seasoning, so to speak, 
there is an unusual lot of good dancing, good music, clever 
acrobatics, a skit, a sketch and a musical comedy or revue that 
alone has thirteen headliners. 

These thirteen girls appear in the Frank Dobson Company, 
and judging by the success their act achieves. Mr. Frank Dob- 
son can erase the "un" before the unlucky "13" of his super- 
stitious brethern. Frank Stammers is the author of the vehicle 
they ride upon, and William Lynn proves an able masculine 
assistance to this bevy of girls. They are an aggregation of in- 
dividual beauties, with merry tuneful voices, and their act is 
rich in funny characterizations and full of color. 

Madge Maitland sings her very own songs, and moreover 
sings them in a manner all her very own. She can get off a 
delightful Irish brogue, and she can yodel, and her countenance 
is more expressive than one usually expects the human coun- 
tenance to be. That is why she can afford to be the only 
"solo" on this week's bill; that is, baring Brahm Van Den 
Berg, the famous Belgian pianist, who needs no introduction 
to make his bow alone before a music-loving public. Van 
Den Berg is an artist of real finish, who adds to the har- 



mony of the well-balanced program by a rendition of several 
classical compositions. 

Emile and John Nathane are nimble experts with a funny bone 
as well as a strong right arm and elastic backbone. They do 
some remarkable feats of daring, in a well put-on little act. 
Lew Williams and Ada Mitchell present a pretty little sketch 
called "June Time" with a bit of music by way of padding. 

Among the hold-overs from last week, T. Roy Barnes and 
Bessie Crawford add to their laurels gained on their initial 
appearance here and never for a moment become monoto- 
nous. Lloyd and Wells are clever dancers, and Sheila Terry 
in "Three's A Crowd" proves her popularity. And speaking of 
changes and lack of intermissions and so forth, another change 
to be noted these last few months is that the average audience 
awaits with interest the News Serial Film which closes the 
Orpheum program, instead of diving madly for hat and coat 
and exit. 

© © © 

Timely Farce at Alcazar. 

More than a score of years ago Charles Hoyt penned his 
famous farce, "A Temperance Town," and today, with July 
1st written in red letters for the followers of John Barleycorn, 
the management of the Alcazar Theatre are staging a splendid 
revival of it. That it is a bit old-fashioned matters not a whit, 
because it has all the elements of fun that go to make up good 
comedy, and a clever group of players to present it again over 
the footlights. 

The setting for the play is the small town of this, as well as 
of the last, generation. Three energetic reformers decide that 
the town should go dry, and dry it goes. That makes it pos- 
sible for the erring son of the town drunkard to bring about 
the happy and romatic ending that any proper farce should 
boast of. 

By way of variety we have Walter P. Richardson in the part 
of "Bingo," son of Launcelot Jones and better known as 
"Mink," the town disgrace, whose wandering feet will not pass 
by the swinging door. The son is following in his father's 
footsteps, and Richardson, with the aid of a wig and wavering 
gait, does a very good characterization. He also gains further 
new laurels this week in the clever song and dance he gets 
over in the second act. The public has recognized his ver- 
satility for some time past, but this came as a bit of a surprise. 

Belle Bennett, as Ruth, the clergyman's daughter, has a small 
and colorless part, but her long record of good acting with 
the Alcazar Company makes her position with followers of the 
legitimate most secure. Henry Shumer as "Mink," the repro- 
bate, who can only feel natural when intoxicated, and would 
link himself and his fortunes forever with the "wets," does one 
of the best bits of character acting he has accomplished in 
his l~ng series of successes. 

Rafael Brunnetto, who is becoming familiar among the Al- 
cazar players, has in the role of Kneeland Pray, the town drug- 
gist, a good part, and he proves himself worthy of it. Jean 
Oliver, also a rather recent addition to the cast, does good 
work as Roxana, the clergyman's niece. Thomas Chatterton is 
well cast as the rich young suitor who wins his lady fair in 
the last act. 

Emily Pinter, Edna Shaw, Mark Harrison, Russell Mad- 
caft. Clifford Alexander, Neil Barrett, Mitchell IngTaham. 
Thomas Morrison, Olaf Skavlan, Al Cunningham and Nate 
Anderson also portray most excellently the village inhabi- 
tants of "A Temperance Town." 

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Hindoo Paintings at Fine Arts. 

For the first time in this country we have an opportunity of 
seeing the work of a contemporary Hindoo artist in the exhi- 
bition of paintings by S. Fyzee-Rahamin, which Director Laur- 



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July 5, 1919 



vik has just installed in the Palace of Fine Arts. Fyzee- 
Rahamin, who was formerly art adviser to His Highness, the 
Maharaja Goekwar of Baroda, is recognized in his own country 
as one of the foremost interpreters of the spirit of India. 

In these thirty odd water color paintings, executed in the 
traditional manner of the ancient painters of India, he gives a 
fascinating, pictorial interpretation of Indian music and myth- 
ology, which must prove a revelation to all those unfamiliar 
with the ancient lore of this cradle of civilization. In a series 
of ten paintings the chief classical melodies of Indian music 
are revealed in personifications of gods and goddesses, every 
god tune having its complimentary of a goddess tune, as in the 
case, of the "Raag Bhairaon," whose complimentary is the 
"Raagni Bhairaveen." The first is represented as Mahadev 
with five heads and is seated on a high mountain amidst 
clouds meditating as a Jogi with the sacred rivers, Gunga and 
Jumma, flowing out of the knot of his matted hair. The 
melody represented here is sung only at early dawn, while the 
interpretation of the goddess tune, complimentary to the fore- 
going, is represented as worshipping at the Temple of Ma- 
hadev at dawn. Here are interpretations of melodies to be 
sung in the evening personified by Raag Shri with the sacred 
lotus in his hand; and here is the Raag Malkaus represented 
as an image of passionate, mystical, conquering personality 
whose tune is sung at midnight. The Lord of Rain and 
Storm, as well as the God of Fire, is here represented in ap- 
propriate symbolical attitudes interpreting the mystical melo- 
dies that are sung as an expression of these forces. 

This exhibition brings before us in a striking manner the 
little-known and much misunderstood life and thought of this 
ancient race, whose civilization came to its finest flower while 
Europe was still in a state of semi-barbarism. 
©' © © 

Orpheum. — The Orpheum bill for next week will have 
as its headline attraction Nellie V. Nichols, who needs 
no introduction to San Francisco audiences. As a sing- 
ing comedienne and impersonator of types, particularly 
that of the Italian woman, she is unrivalled. Dave Fer- 
guson, a comedian of fine reputation in musical comedy, 
will, with the assistance of his own company, present a 
sketch called "The Rounder of Old Broadway," a comedy 
incident of Broadway's white light district, which tells in 
humorus story and song a part of New York's night life. 
Percy Bronson and Winnie Baldwin will introduce their 
entirely new act, "An Egyptian Frolic," or in other words, 
they will sing, dance and chatter in their refreshingly 
original, natural and amusing manner. Espee and Dutton 
will appear in an interesting act. which enables them to 
display their great versatility. The remaining acts in this 
exceptonally fine bill will be Emile and John Nathane in 
novel and sensational gymnastic feats ; Lew Williams and 
Ada Mitchell in "June Time," and Frank Dobson and His 
Thirteen Sirens. The latest series of the Hearst Weekly 
Motion Pictures will serve as a finale to one of the best 
bills ever presented in vaudeville. 
© © © 

Alcazar.— "The Walk-Off s," most recent of the slash- 
ing social satires by the Hattons, has first San Francisco 
disclosure by the New Alcazar Company next week, 
commencing at Sunday's matinee. Like their "Upstairs 
and Down" and "Lombardi Ltd." this audacious comedy 
skates^ over thin ice in depicting the erotic flirtations and 
diversions of so-called Bohemia and a sensation craving 
society fast set possessed of more dollars than sense. 
Its keynote is struck in a negro valet's fable about the 
Garden of Eden and how the Creator, giving ear to 
Eve's complaint that she was lonely with only the com- 
panionship of Adam and the animals, made some folks 
from lumps of clay and set them out in the sun, but be- 
fore their brains were put in they got dry and walked 
off. The scenes are laid in the studio of a sculptress 
and on an artist's roof garden, where a costume ball is 
given. The Hattons' wit is brilliant and biting and their 
satire stings like a scorpion. There is a very notable 
cast, including Belle Bennett as the wild, whimsical hero- 



ine; Walter P. Richardson, a forceful Kentucky, wooer 
who subdues her after the methods of Petruchio; Jean Oliver 
as a little devil of a Russian model, whose motto is "free 
lunch, free love, free speech"; Thomas Chatterton as a studio 
lizard; Vaughan Morgan and Emily Pinter, who "carry on" 
after their divorce, and the special engagement, as the lovable 
sculptress, of Rosabelle Joyzelle, well known in artistic and 
society circles of California, who was leading woman with the 
distinguished tragedian Frederick Warde in last Winter's Mis- 
sion Play at San Gabriel. To follow, comes the first stock 
presentation anywhere of "Polly With a Past," made through 
David Belasco's brotherly interest in the Alcazar and his ad- 
miration for the fine quality of its productions. 



LOVE'S ISLAND 
(Ffom the Japanese of Doko-Ho.) 

An island in an inland sea; 

"Too small for me!" I sadly cried 

And then espied 
A lark that rose into the sky. 
Whereat I changed my plaintive cry: 

"If a lark there be 

Then field there is. 

If field there be 

Then man there is. 

If man there be 

Then Love there is. 
Then large enough, indeed, for me 
Thou little island in the sea!" 

— Ian C liver in Scribner's Magazine. 




Nellie V. Nichols. Next Week at the Orpheum. 



PEACE: 



Peace Is Achieved 



After five war weary years the world turns back to the normal 
life of 1914. Frequently when the trenches were running red we 
thought back to these days with a fuller realization of their bless- 
ings. 

This year we celebrate Independence Day with a profounder 
knowledge of the meaning of the word. Not only our own inde- 
pendence, but that of the oppressed everywhere. 

Poland, Bohemia, United Serbia, Armenia and the Holy Land 
have achieved their independence and will celebrate with us. The 
wrong done France in 70 is rectified. Our wildest dreams prior to 
1914 have been realized, and more. 

Seven million five hundred thousand men gave their lives and 
the cost in money was $120,000,000,000, but the fact has been ac- 
complished. Militarism is dead. Peace is achieved. 

America emerges from the conflict with American arms again 
victorious. The American people with the full knowledge that 
Americanism is the supreme value. The world's expectation of their 
capacity for personal service and sacrifice has been exceeded and 
with but half of their war-time effort the problems of peace will 
be easy. 

The sum total of the upward advance of humanity is nearing its 
aspirations. The world's idealism is being fulfilled. Right is first 
in the new order. 

Thus, with the return once again to us of Independence Day. 
we celebrate with a profounder and deeper Americanism and the 
realization that our independence has been realized for the op- 
pressed everywhere. Peace has been achieved. 



San Francisco News Letter 



July 5, 1919 




Exit Husbands to Bohemian Grove. 

Behold the expected vintage of tales of last moment efforts 
to stock up with the "imprisoned laughter of the peasant girls 
of France,'' and other beverages of less expensive "kick." 
Those who went about with an air of "holier than thou" or 
"more sensible than him" capitulated at the last moment and 
frantically made effort to bulge the cellar beyond capacity. As 
for the cellarless. imagination and determination conspired to 
create safe hiding places and many are the stories of the make- 
shift effects in sub-basements and basements created by those 
who at the last moment wanted a "wet" spot and decided that 
home without a supply of liquor would be an arid waste. 

All of which brings the patient reader to the delicious situa- 
tion in clubdom which drove the fair members of the house- 
hold to the role of bargain seekers in hubby's favorite brand. 
This is the week when almost everyone in the club world is up 
at the Bohemian Grove watching the annual Jinks, which brings 
men the wide world over, the seven seas around to these parts. 
The Pacific Union and the Bohemian Club are practically de- 
serted and what better moment to spring a canard with an au- 
thoritative manner which always gains credence. 

© © © 
Enter an Idea in Wife's Thinker. 

It cannot be said that the joke was sprung with that neat de- 
liberation which implies malice in the hinterland. At least the 
lady who stimulated her sisters to hectic activity as Hebes was 
innocence itself plus firm belief — and what better combina- 
tion to gain the support of her listeners? 

When all the men folk in the family were in the Grove a 
group of women sat themselves down for the cup that cheers 
and hereafter may have to inebriate as well. They were en- 
sconced in the usual place of tea-going crowds — the location of 
no consequence. Suffice it to say that the wife of one of the 
directors of the Pacific Union Club announced that she had 
been trying all day to get her husband on the telephone at the 
Grove to suggest to him that they augment their supply with 
some of the choice Bourbon that the club would practically 
give away at the last moment as they were overstocked, but 
all efforts to get him on the wire had failed. "Now. he'll blame 
me," she sighed, "for he wanted to order it before he left and 
I said we had enough and put my foot down — but when I think 
how reasonably we could have gotton it!" On the last sibi- 
lant sound every other woman there chorused until the sigh 
swelled into something almost like a moan. Then one of those 
present told me that they must have been inspired with the 
same idea for the light that suddenly beamed in every eye was 
identical. Everyone suddenly had a pre-dinner engagement 
and had to be off. 

© © © 
Exit all the Ladies to Pacific Union Club. 

Of course the finale is obvious. Their limousines drew up in 
front of the Pacific Union Club simultaneously and the drivers 
mounted the steps like well trained supers intent upon good 
team work and made known their errands to the steward with 
the identical explanation that as husband was at the Grove and 
the stock was being sold at such reasonable prices, Madame 
was ordering several more cases, etc.. etc. 

Of course the joke is likewise obvious. You know how it is 
with poker. If the poker-playing member of the family is the 
husband, wife never seems to mind it so much if he reports 
winnings and so many otherwise veracious spouses can never 
afford to lose at poker at least not conversationally with wife. 
Likewise friend husband, knowing the feminine instinct for 
bargains had tried to bring wife up to lavish purchasing order 
by assuring her that they were practically giving the stuff away 
at the club. 



Limousined Ladies Disappointed. 

Like the kings of France, the chauffeurs marched up the 
steps and then marched down again — and held consultation 
with the limousined ladies — some there were who ordered in 
spite of the fact that the club was "not really giving it away," 
and one in particular there was who just decided to wait until 
Friend Husband returned from the Grove and then she would 
rub it in that he never did get things straight or else he had 
had been misinformed! 

As stated before it is all so obvious — except to the lady who 
had started the pilgrimage to the Pacific Union. Should her 
eye chance to fall on this column we hope she will not be too 
severe on her husband. Everyone else in clubdom is enjoying 
the story so why should not her sense of humor be put to the 
acid test? At any rate it is too good, and too inocuous a tale 
to keep. The fact of the matter is that all the smart clubs did 
offer their liquid goods at very reasonable prices to members 
th!s month — but as for giving them away at prices that this 
astute man quoted to his wife and she passed on to her friends 
— Jamais! 

© © © 

Mrs. Jack Casserly and the Strike. 

This is not a column for minimum wage controversy, nor for 
sociological discussion of the maximum bending moment of 
a girl's morals in relation to her pay envelope, nor the justice 
of collective bargaining, nor any, nor all, nor many of the argu- 
ments that have been put forth by both sides in this telephone 
strike. But the fact that Mrs. Jack Casserly has espoused the 
cause of the striking telephone girls is fraught with social con- 
sequence that could not possibly be held down to a hint, nor 
compressed into a column. 

Mrs. Casserly has probably counted the cost and scoffs at the 
consequences. Consider just the topographical aspects of the 
situation. Mrs. Casserly lives at Burlingame and draws divi- 
dends from one of the greatest meat packing houses in Amer- 
ica. The Hentry T. Scotts and all their family connections 
likewise live at Burlingame. The lady and the President of 
the telephone company have parried in public print on the sub- 
ject of a letter. 

© © © 
A Social Vendetta Probable. 

No one who knows anything about social vendettas can be 
so optimistic as to suppose that in this fact there is not plenty 
of combustible material to ignite one of these vendettas. 
People will line up on one side or another. When the Casserly 
limousine passes one of the cars of the opposition there will be 
a metallic sound to the "honk, honk" that is not otherwise 
evident. When people in one camp or another meet on the 
trains, or at social affairs, or at any rendezvous where people 

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July 5, 1919 



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of that sort are accustomed to bump into each other they will 
take up respective positions in the frigid zone. It will be al- 
most as chilly as in the old days of the "graft prosecution." 

Women who are interested in wage conditions, women of the 
leisure class, working women and society women, women of all 
sorts and conditions were electrified and delighted when they 
heard that a society woman of Mrs. Casserly's position had en- 
tered the fight for the "Hello" girls. Likewise women of all 
sorts and conditions heard the news with mental reservations 
or with open condemnation. The society editor simply puts 
on a strictly straight-front non-partisan expression and says 
"some party," for it is not in the province of that frivolous per- 
son to analyze the situation from anything but a society view- 
point — the social point of view is another argument! 
© © © 

Something More than Musical Vendetta. 

Mrs. Casserly has survived a musical vendetta without a 
scratch but if she fancies that this is to be pitched in the same 
key it is because her ears are more attuned to the rhythms of 
classic music than to the cheaper syncopation of social ven- 
dettas. She dared to disagree on symphony matters but only 
a few people in the smart set really cared one way or another, 
and a great world war came along and swept it all into the 
background and incidentally created some prejudices that 
reacted in favor of Mrs. Casserly's contention. All that, how- 
ever, is really musical history. But this affair will be social 
history. It will involve passions and prejudices, loyalties and 
dislikes, retaliations and recompenses that only the seventh 
daughter of a seventh daughter can forsee. It will bring new 
friends and make enemies of old ones; it will merit the praise 
of many, and give a fill-up to the caustic criticism of many — 
it will — Oh! whats the use — everyone who has ever been ac- 
climated to these parts knows exactly what it will do if the 
strike just lasts long enough to engender sufficient momentum 
to give the baby blue-eyed vendetta that is just a-borning a 
chance to grow up into a real, live black-hand affair. 
© © © 

Over-the-Fourth Gossip. 

"Over-the-Fourth" has always spelled Del Monte to the polo 
contingent and this holiday finds at Monterey the whole Blin- 



gum crowd that goes in for polo that sport of Multis (kings all 
playing kings-ex one cannot call it sport of kings any longer.) 
Golf, of course, is likewise specially staged, and handicap golf 
tournaments for men and women have been arranged. Most of 
the Blingum crowd went down last week-end and are prepared 
to spend a week or ten days at Monterey. The Blingum crowd 
hangs together and entertains every night in the manner mag- 
nifique in the grill— formerly it might also be written down as 
the manner that goes with champagne. 

The Walter Dillinghams and Harold Castles of Honolulu 
have been at Del Monte for some time and as the men in the 
party are noted polo players and brought up their own stables 
they will add to the interest of the matches. Ray Splivalo and 
Archie Johnson are playing this year after a long absence in 
military training and on the fields of honor of France. There 
are heaps of pretty women at Del Monte just now and the usual 
concomitant of good natured gossip about everyone. The scan- 
dals of the old days, that used to light the nights like scandal- 
abria hand-turned in the furnace of old King Gossip himself, 
have flickered down into tiny incandescents that send out nice 
harmless little reflections that do not burn holes in any ones 
reputation unlike the scorchers of the old days. 
© © © 

Rosamonde Joyzelle to Make Debut at Alcazar. 

Thousands who witnessed last Winter's Mission Play at San 
Gabriel, as well as California society in general, will be inter- 
ested in next week's Alcazar debut of a beautiful and gifted 
young woman, who has adapted the nom-du-theatre of Rosa- 
monde Joyzelle. She is the daughter of the late G. Alexander 
Wright of San Francisco, ex-army officer, clubman and of 
international repute as an architect, who designed many public 
buildings in this city and was leader in civic development. He 
was the owner of the beautiful estate called "Knollwood" in 
Napa County. In the recent eighth annual season of the 
sacred drama at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, Miss 
Joyzelle appeared in support of the distinguished tragedian 
Frederick Warde and received great praise for her personation 
of the radiantly lovely Senora Josefa Yorba, of the blood of 
Castile, a character suited to her charm, distinction and mag- 
nolia type of Southern beauty. 




One of the Beautiful Lakes at Golden Gate Park. 



10 



San Francisco News Letter 



July 5, 1919 



INDEPENDENCE DAY PROGRAM. 

Beginning with a salute at daw,n by the big guns on the bay 
San Franciscans will usher in the Fourth. The Citizens' Inde- 
pendence Day Committee has prepared a program to take place 
at the Civic Auditorium at 2 o'clock. 

Under the direction of Mrs. Florence Drake LeRoy of the 
War Camp Community Service, five hundred choral singers 
will take part in a "Community Sing." 

Edwin Lemare will give an organ recital. Soloists who will 
participate are Mme. Jeanne Jomelli, operatic soprano, and 
Warren Walters, baritone. 

The Rev. F. W. Clampett will be orator of the day. 

The program will close with a ballet by the pupils of the 
various dancing academies. 

A demonstration of the San Francisco invention, the "Mag- 
navox"' will be held out of doors in the Civic Center. An 
aviator will read various extracts from the Declaration of In- 
dependence from his 'plane, which will be taken up by the 
"Magnavox" and magnified so that it can be plainly heard. 

At the Presidio fitting exercises will be held in the morning. 

At 9 o'clock a display of fireworks will be given in Civic 
Center, and there will also be a ball in the Civic Center Audi- 
torium, which will continue until the early morning hours. 



TIVOLI OPERA HOUSE 
The annual concert given by members of the Bohemian Club 
for their ladies and other friends will take place at the Tivoli 
Opera House, which has been especially procured for the occa- 
sion, next Thursday afternoon, June 10th, at half past two, 
when selections from "Life," music by Domenico Brescia and 
book by Harry Leon Wilson, will be the principal feature of 
the program. Those who were privileged to hear the work of 
composer Brescia at the' Bohemian Grove last Saturday night 
are ardent in its praise, the numbers being written in a par- 
ticularly happy vein. The Symphony Orchestra which will in- 
terpret the selection will number seventy picked musicians, 
and the Bohemian chorus of sixty voices will be heard in sev- 
eral numbers from the work. Four selections from "The Twi- 
light of the Kings," the grove play of last year, book by Rich- 
ard M. Hotaling and music by Wallace A. Sabin, will be played 
under the baton of the composer, and excerpts from other grove 
plays of former years will be given under the direction of 
their composers. Several compositions of Ulderico Marcelli 
will also be played, including his "Burning Arrow Dance." 
which created a sensation at the grove. The soloists will in- 
clude Lowell Redfield, Charles F. Bulotti and Easton Kent, and 
Richard M. Hotaling will read a synopsis of "Life." The com- 
mittee in charge of the concert is composed of W. H. Leahy, 
chairman; J. S. Thompson, secretary, and Wallace A. Sabin, 
Richard M. Hotaling, Bush Finnell, Joseph D. Redding, F. A. 
Denicke and R. C. Newell. Seats will be ready at Sherman, 
Clay & Co.'s Monday morning at nine o'clock. 



FAIRMONT HOTEL NOTES 

With King Bacchus deposed and Queen Terpsichore reign- 
ing in his stead, Rainbow Lane at the Fairmont Hotel con- 
tinues to be one of the most popular places in this city of many 
attractions. Every evening since Monday, when an unusually 
merry carnival prevailed, the tables have been crowded both 
at dinner time and later in the evening, and the dance music 
of Henry Busse and his famous jazz orchestra continues to be 
most alluring. The entertainment offered in Rainbow Lane is 
of a high order of excellence and Vanda Hoff is still the reign- 
ing dance sensation of the city. Pearl Lowerie, a newcomer at 
the hotel on top of the town, has already made a host of friends 
and she is aptly named the "American Chanteuse." 

The afternoon teas in the beautiful Laurel Court of the Fair- 
mont Hotel always find cozy groups of congenial friends listen- 
ing to the sweet strains of Rudy Seiger's orchestra, and the 
Sunday evening Lobby Concerts always attract a large and dis- 
criminating audience of music lovers. This Sunday evening 
the soloist will be Norman Smith, a pianistic prodigy of nine 
years who created a furore recently by his remarkable playing 
at the Greek Theatre, and whose repertoire includes works of 
Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Raff, MacDowell. Friml. Jensen and 
other composers. 



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Thursday Afternoon, July 10th, at 2:30 

MIDSUMMER MUSIC OF BOHEMIA 
Selections from " £, J JP £ " 

Mimic b J Duniouico Brencia— Book by Hunt Lcnn Wilson 
Selections from "The Twilight of the Kings" and Grove Playi of Former Yean 
Symphony Orchestra of 70. Prominent Sotohts and Chorus of 60. 

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July 5, 1919 



and California Advertiser 



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ENGAGEMENTS. 

DU BOIS-SHIELS. — The engagement of Miss Mary Du Bois, daugh- 
ter of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Du Bois of San Rafael, to William 
Shiels, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. Wilson Shiels, is announced. 

GRESSLER-MANINGTON. — Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gressler an- 
nounce the engagement of their daughter. Miss Carol May, to 
Major J. Alfred Manington. 

KESSING-LOHMEYER. — The engagement of Miss Grace Keesing, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Keesing, and Edward W. Loh- 
meyer was announced at a dinner party given by Mr. and Mrs. 
Keesing. 

SCHNEIDER-QUEENY — The engagement is announced of Miss 
Ethel Schneider and Lieutenant Edgar Queeny. 

STEINBERG-MARCUS. — The engagement is announced of Miss 
Rose Steinberg and Dr. Herman Marcus. 

SUTTON-SMITH.— The engagement is announced of Miss Martha 
Sutton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sutton, and Felix 
Smith. 

WAGENER-CAMPER — The engagement of Miss Evalyn Wagener, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Wagener of Piedmont, and 
Ernest Camper of Berkeley, was announced Saturday afternoon 
at a tea given for Miss Wagener by Mrs. Linville Hotchkiss. 
WEDDINGS. 

CLENDENIN-HORNER. — The marriage of Lieutenant Warren D. 
Horner, Medical Corps, U. S. N., and Miss Madge G. Clendenin 
took place Saturday afternoon, June 28, at the First Unitarian 
Church, the Rev. Caleb S. S. Dutton officiating. 

CLUFF-GORDON — Miss Betty Cluff of Berkeley and Homer King 
Gordon of New York were married in San Rafael last week. 

EVANS-JACKSON. — At a wedding which took place at the home of 
her parents, Dr. and Mrs. George Evans, on Union street, Miss 
Evelyn Evans became the bride of Edward W. Jackson of Berk- 
eley Monday afternoon. 

FLOWERS-BUCKLAND. — The wedding of Miss Edna Ardeana 
Flowers and Alfred Henry Buckland, took place Wednesday 
evening at the home of the bride's aunt, Mrs. Henry Davis. 

KINKELIN-ROBBINS— Miss Margaret Kinkelin became the bride 
of Lieutenant Hunter Savage Robbins recently, in St. John's 
Church in Ross, Marin County. 

MADDOX-COOMBS — Miss Anthonette C. Maddox, daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. William Maddox, was married at noon Monday to 
Lieutenant William H. Coombs of Haines, Alaska. The cere- 
mony took place at St. Mary's Cathedral on Van Ness Avenue, 
the Rev. William H. Cantwell officiating. 

PAULSON-KUHN. — Miss Selda Dorothy Paulson and Edmund F. 
Kuhn, Jr., were married on June 24th. 

RYNDERS-FUREY.— Miss Grace Rynders and Frank J. Furey were 
married Saturday, last. The ceremony was performed by the 
Rev. Father Joseph P. McQuaide. 

SANTER-BADDLEY.- Mrs. Theresa C. Santer announces the mar- 
riage of her daughter. Miss Clara Barbara Santer to George C. 
Baddley. 

TYLER-CHADWICH.-Miss Margaret Gardiner Tyler and Stephen 
Fowler Chadwick were married in Charles City, Virginia, on 
July 2d. 

LUNCHEONS. 

PORTER. — Mrs. William S. Porter, who recently returned from the 

Atlantic Coast, entertained at a luncheon Friday afternoon. 

TEAS. 

HALLEGO. — Miss Charlotte Hallego entertained a number of her 
girl friends at a pretty tea last Saturday afternoon in the 
Laurel Court of the Fairmont. 

NEWLAND. — Mrs. Welles Newlands was hostess at a tea recently 
in honor of Miss Doris Kellogg. 

DINNERS. 

BRYANT. — Sir Frank and Lady Popham Young were made the 
guests of honor at a handsomely appointed dinner at which Dr. 
and Mrs William August Bryant entertained during the week 

CULLEN — Lloyil Cullen was the honored guest at a dinner dance 
at Rainbow Lane Wednesday evening. He has recently re- 
turned from France. 

CURTAZ. — Mr. and Mrs. Oscar H. Curtaz gave a dinner dance at 
the Palace Hotel on Saturday night as welcome to Lloyd Cul- 
len. who is recently home from Frame. 

GRANT. — Miss Josephine Grant was hostess to a group of the 
younger set recently when she entertained at a handsomely 
appointed dinner at her home in Burlingame 

ROLPH -Mayor and Mrs James Kolph. Jr.. celebrated the nine- 
teenth anniversary of their marriage on Thursday with a quiet 
dinner by themselves at the Palace Hotel. 

WEST.— Mr. and Mrs John West gave a most delightful dinner 
party in honor of Miss Doris Kellogg and her fiance. Herbert 
Adams Miller of Long Beach, last week 



PARTIES. 

GIRVIN. — The home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Girvin, Jr., in Menlo 
Park, was the scene of a delightful children's party a few after- 
noons ago. The party commemorated the birthdays of Lloyd 
Tevis III, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Tevis, and of 
Lawrence Pool, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Pool. 

PEART. — Mrs. Hartley Peart entertained some of her friends at a 
pretty afternoon party at the Palace Hotel on Saturday. 

DANCES. 
TREADWELL. — Mr. and Mrs. Edward Francis Treadwell gave a 
dancing party last week at the Hotel St. Francis. The affair 
was in honor of the friends of their son, Edward F., Jr., who 
recently graduated from school. 

WEEK-ENDS. 
RICHARDS. — Mrs. Frances Vincent Curtis and Miss Isabel and 
Miss Myrtle Bannon were the week-end guests of Mr. and Mrs. 
John D. Richards at their summer home in La Honda. 

ARRIVALS. 

COOPER. — Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Cooper and their daughter, Miss 
Jane Cooper, arrived from New York Thursday evening and 
are the guests of Mrs. Eleanor Martin at her home on Broad- 
way. 

DROWN. — Mrs. Willard Drown has returned to San Francisco after 
a visit in Medford, Oregon, where she was the guest of her 
brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Preston. 

LISBERGER. — Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Lisberger, who have been East 
for several weeks, have returned to San Francisco. 

MACLEAY. — Mr. and Mrs. Roderick L. Macleay arrived Friday from 
their home in Portland and are guests at the St. Francis Hotel. 

STURGIS. — Mrs. Edward C. Sturgis, wife of Colonel Sturgis, on 
duty in France, has arrived from Washington and is visiting 
her mother, Mrs. A. P. Montgomery, in Jackson street. 

WILSON. — Mr. and Mrs. John C. Wilson have returned from Aetna 
Springs, where they recently enjoyed a two weeks' stay. 

DEPARTURES. 

BERTHEAU. — Rudolph Bertheau, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cesar Ber- 
theau, has gone to South America, where he contemplates trav- 
eling for the next eight months. 

HAMMERSMITH. — Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hammersmith have gone 
to Santa Barbara this week to be away about a fortnight. 

HOPKINS. — Mrs Samuel Hopkins and Samuel. Jr.. have gone to 
Lake Tahoe to visit the Harold Ward Law family. 

LANGTON.— Mr. and Mrs. Francis D. Langton left Monday for Port- 
land where they will reside in the future. 

MARTIN. — Mrs. George J. Martin and daughter. Ramona, have 
gone to Santa Cruz for the summer. 

PRIOR. — Mr. and Mrs. James Knight Prior, Pr„ and Miss Ruth 
Prior, have gone to Santa Barbara. 

RICHARDSON. — Major and Mrs. George Richardson have gone to 
Chicago where they will make their permanent home. 

SCIIMIEDELL— Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Schmieden and their chil- 
dren have closed their home in Ross Valley and have gone to 
Lake Tahoe. where they will spend the remainder of the sum- 
mer. 

WALLACE — After a brief visit at her home in this city, Mrs. 
Ryland Wallace has gone to Los Altos, where she is established 
for the entire summer season. 

WHITE— Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Edward White have gone on an 
extended motor trip, which will take them through Washington 
and Oregon. 

INTIMATIONS. 

GILL. Mrs John Gill, who has been visiting here all winter from 
her home In Redlands, has gone to Burlingame. where she is 
visiting her brother and sister-in-law. Mr. and Mrs. John Drum. 

KAMM .— Mr. and Mrs. Walker Kamm have gone to Yosemite Park 
to be away about three weeks. 

MACKEN Miss Doone Macken and Miss Polly McGahey of Aus- 
tralia, who have been engaged in war work in Europe, are visit- 
ing their kinsfolk. Mr. and Mrs. Mark Foy. in Alameda. 

MOORE— Mr. and Mrs Duval Moore left Wednesday for Ross Val- 
ley where they will spend the month of July as guests of the 
former's parents. Mr. and Mrs. George A Moore. 

MORGAN. Mr. and Mrs. Horace Morgan and Miss Eleanor Mor- 
gan have gone to Santa Barbara, where they will pass the 
month of July. 

NEWLANDS- Mr. and Mrs Welles Hollister Newlands have given 
up their attractive apartments in town and have taken a house 
in Mill Valley for the summer months. 

OYSTER— Mrs. Joseph Oyster and her daughter. Miss Elizabeth 
Oyster, have taken one of the summer homes at Pebble Beach. 

7.EILE— Miss Marion Zeile has joined the William H. Taylors for a 
visit over the week-end. 



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San Francisco News Letter 



July 5, 1919 



THE MISCHIEF OF THE MOON 

By Walter Adolf Roberts 



'The Devil's in the Moon for Mischief." — Byron. 



IF you have been in Guaymas, you know the Plaza. It is the 
one touch of color that the Sonora seaport boasts. Arti- 
ficially, a tropical oasis has been created there, and if one 
looks only at the palms and oleanders and forgets the adobe 
town beyond, he can well imagine himself to be anywhere be- 
low Cancer, in Mazatlan, perhaps, or even in Mexico City, the 
old ciudad. 

Jack Morton, the young manager of the American Railroad, 
came to the Plaza on the night in question. He was something 
of a dreamer, and liked the exotic tropical surroundings. Also, 
he liked to listen to the band that interpreted grand opera selec- 
tions with an understanding and warmth that would have 
brought many a more critical audience to its feet. But most of 
all, be it admitted, he liked to watch the parade for which 
band-night was always made the excuse. It is a charming cus- 
tom, and if you ever go to Guaymas, you are likely to acquire 
the habit. At any rate, you will not fail to appreciate its pic- 
turesqueness. In the Plaza there are two walks shaped very 
much like a figure 8, or, it would be more correct to say, like 
two slightly enlongated circles which touch each other, and 
almost form a figure 8. One of these circles is reserved for 
the maidens, the other for the men, but at regular intervals at 
the point where the paths run parallel, the paraders of both 
sexes walk side by side. It is then that the young men throw 
across a shower of flowers, and openly defying all duenas, 
ask and receive favors from the hands of their mistresses. 

Morton leaned back and watched through half-closed eye- 
lids. The band was playing "La Noche Blanca," and it seemed 
to him that something of the spirit of that seductive air had en- 
tered into the procession of Mexican girls. Surely their mo- 
tions had never before been so graceful, their figures so lis- 
some, their black eyes and hair shown to better advantage 
from beneath the lace mantillas. There was one whom his 
gaze followed persistently. He could not have explained why, 
but he decided there and then that she was the most beautiful 
woman he had ever seen. 

She was so slender, so piquant, and, unusual circumstance in 
Mexico, she was alone. 

After a moment of hesitation, Morton rose and slipped into 
a place among the men. It was the first time he had ever taken 
an active part in the parade, and a certain shyness led him to 
walk round the circle three times with barely a glance across at 
the maidens as they received their lovers' advances with af- 
fected indifference. The fourth time his eyes met those of 
the girl who had so impressed him. She was barely six feet 
away, and his heart throbbed, as for the fraction of a second 
the velvety depths of her black eyes returned his gaze. Then 
a blush mantled her cheek, and with the faintest of faint smiles 
she looked away. 

A little Mexican boy with a basket of flowers came running 
by. 

"Flores, Senor!" he cried. "Lindas roses!" 

Feeling for a coin, Morton gave it to him and received in re- 
turn a bunch of white and red roses. Hastily separating them, 
he selected a red bud and threw it with a sure aim. It brushed 
her cheek and fell upon her bosom, between the folds of her 
black mantilla. She started and her hand went to her heart, 
but the next minute she was carried out of his sight by the 
moving throng. 

Morton's head was in a whirl. He knew the Mexican cus- 
tom well enough. If she still had the rose when he saw her 
again she accepted his advances with favor. In anticipation of 
this he took his card and crushed it round the stem of another 
flower. Nor was he disappointed. His rose nestled above 
her ear when next they came opposite to each other. The 
second reached safely the same sweet haven that the first had 
found, and in due course his card fluttered back almost mys- 



teriously from the folds of her dress, and fell on the pave- 
ment within easy reach. 

On it were scribbled a few words in Spanish, which, being 
translated, said : "What wantest thou?" And his answer went 
back: "Meet me when the Plaza is empty and the band has 
gone." 

Morton was amazed at his own daring. He did not seriously 
believe that she would keep the appointment, for Mexican 
etiquette is very strict. But then, she had been alone; there 
must be some reason for that. 

Therefore, in the Plaza, he sat and waited. The band broke 
up early, the electric lights were switched off, and the crowd 
proceeded to disperse slowly. The witchery of the moonlight 
was all powerful. It was indeed "La Noche Blanca," the 
white night of Mexico, such as only those who have been in 
Spanish America can understand. 

He watched the women's faces as they passed him, but she 
was not among them. Did she resent his presumption? Ap- 
parently, for the Plaza was soon deserted, and still she had not 
come. 

Morton cursed himself softly and produced a cigar, but be- 
fore he could light it, it fell from his fingers and he sprang to 
his feet. With a warning rustle of silk she had stepped from 
behind a fountain and stood before him with delicious hesi- 
tancy. 

"Senorita!" he cried. 

"Senora!" she corrected. "Senora Peralta." and he under- 
stood. This, then was the reason for her being at the band 
concert without a duenna. 

To Morton, the ways of Mexico were not new, and discon- 
certing, as was the information he had just received, he plunged 
still further. If nothing were ventured, most certainly would 
nothing be had. 

"I longed to know you, to be your friend, the moment my 
eyes rested upon you. Can you blame me?" he said softly. 

"Is it your custom in America to seek a woman's friendship 
in this way? A rose, that is a little thing. Your card, that 
told me your name, nothing more. But, you asked me to meet 
you here. Do you know how much I risk, Senor, I who am 
married?" 

Spanish, when spoken by a beautiful woman amid a setting 
of palms that shimmer in the moonlight, has an intoxicating 
quality known to no other language. Senora Peralta's words 
may have implied reproof, but there ran through them a soft 
undertone that sent the blood tingling in every vein of Mor- 
ton's body. 

"But you came." he said, drawing nearer. 

"Yes. I came — ah, what would you do?" 

Passionately, his arms had sought her waist. She struggled 
for a moment, and then every muscle relaxed and she sank into 
his arms. His lips sought hers, and he kissed her a dozen 
times. 

Later they found a bench that was almost hidden by a clump 
of oleanders, and he drew her down to his breast. The flower 
above her ear, the rose that he had given her, crushed against 
his coat, and its perfume mingled with the faint odor of her 
hair. 

Morton experienced a world of new sensations on that night 




July 5, 1919 



and California Advertiser 



13 



of nights. He had never before been caressed by a woman of 
the Latin race, and he discovered, like many another good 
man before him, that the art they practice is one to which the 
daughters of the colder North cannot lay claim. 

But even in Mexico, the first flush of passion does not last 
forever, and eventually the situation straightened itself out in 
his mind. He remembered facts which, perhaps, he would have 
been wiser never to forget. 

"Your husband, Querida?" he questioned. "What of him? 
He may notice your absence, and if this should lead you into 
trouble, I shall never forgive myself." 

She opened her eyes languidly. 

"My husband ? Ah, he is so cruel, so hard, now that he can 
find no work to do. But he will never know where I have been. 
He thinks that I have gone to see a friend." 

"What work can he do?" asked Morton with a sudden in- 
spiration. 

"He is a railroad man. He was discharged three months 
ago, and he sits idle in the hotel all day and frets — ah, the dull 
pig!" She hid her face upon his breast, as though to shut out 
an ugly picture. 

Morton reflected for a few moments. A vile thought had 
come to him, and, to his credit be it said, he tried to fight it 
down. However, he at last said slowly: 

"I could send him away, if he would go. You know that I 
am the manager of the railroad. We need a man at Culiacan. 
If he will go there, will you stay behind in Guaymas? We 
could see each other every day then. What say you?" 

Now, as this is a true story, it must be recorded that Senora 
Peralta struggled out of his arms and rose to her feet at the 
suggestion. Her dainty little figure beside the oleander shrub 
was at first stiff and uncompromising. Then she seemed to re- 
lent, and at last turned to him again. 

"Be it so, she said softly. "He will go; he has looked for 
work long and has not found it. And I, will meet you here 
again tomorrow night. Is not that answer enough?" 

Then as the American prudently separated from her ere they 
reached the open street, she glanced upwards. 

"Ah, the moon!" she said softly. "The mad moon! It smiled 
on us and we will remember this night forever, you and I." 

"Until death, beloved," said Morton fervently, and he ad- 
mits nowadays that the Senora had prophesied wisely. For he 
sent Peralta to Culiacan the next day, and in the evening 
waited by the oleanders. 

The moon sailed benignly above the palms, but still she did 
not come. Presently a Mexican boy approached, peering to 
right and left. 

"El Caballero, Senor Don Juan Morton." he piped, and he'd 
out a letter. 

Morton seized it eagerly and tore it open. Holding it to the 
light, he read as follows : 

"Amigo. — In the Plaza at Culiacan the band plays every 
night. You who love the music and the moonlight, will not fail 
to visit us, and when you come, my husband and I will welcome 
you with all our hearts. Senor Peralta knows nothing about a 
railroad, but he will learn, and I do not think you will dismiss 
him. In his name and mine. I thank you. Adios! Rosalia 
Peralta." 



AMUSEMENT LOVERS THRONG TO TECH A U TAVERN 
Always there is a strong pull to the evening programs of 
Techau Tavern. First, the Jazz Orchestra has a name that 
calls irresistibly to dance lovers who have once enjoyed its 
perfect music. Then there are the dance favors, for ladies 
and gentlemen both, presented without competition at the 
dinner hour and after the theatre. For the ladies — Kewpie 
Dolls of extraordinary elegance. For the gentlemen — big 
boxes of Melarchrino cigarettes. And to enliven the dance 
intervals — songs by the artists of the Show Girl Revue Corps. 



DR. WM. W. HOAGLAND 

DENTIST 

PERFECT SERVICE INSURES SATISFACTION 

Offices, 908 Market Street, Third Floor 
Telephone Garfield 835 




A. W. BEST 



ALICE BEST 



BEST'S ART SCHOOL 



1625 CALIFORNIA STREET 



Life Classes 
Day and Night 



Illustrating 

Sketching 

Painting 



Mrs. Richards' St. Francis Private School. Inc. 

AT HOTEL ST. FRANCIS 
AND 2245 SACRAMENTO STREET 
In the Lovell White residence 
'.mg and I>a Ages. 3 to 15. 

Public school textbooks and curriculum. Individual Instruction, i 
inclng daily in all departments. S iir rooms; 

eptlon, exhibition and dancing class (Mrs. 
F.uinie llinman. instruct 



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1090 Eddy Street Phone Fillmore 1581 



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WANDER SONG 

Mad, restive city, you hold naught for me; 

Your glamour and your might; your music and your light 

Mere tinsel prove to nomads of the sea. 

I'm sick to death of all your sounds and sights; 
You call to me in vain ; I loathe with might and main 
Your sin. your social laws, your fool delights. 

There is a wider life that holds me fast; 

It calls and ever calls ; if s full of lures and thralls, 

And oh ! it always draws me back at last. 

It speaks through halliards drumming on the mast; 
Beckons from alien lands and lone Pacific strands. 
And hails me down the northern storm-wind's blast. 

Aboard, my men! Aboard! and swing away. . . . 
I long to leave behind, with all their kith and kind, 
Vain cities that would bind me to their sway. 

— By Niya Becke. 



RETROSPECTION 

When we all lived together 

In the farm among the hills, 
And the early Summer weather 

Had flushed the little rills; 

And Jack and Tom were playing 

Beside the open door, 
And little Jane was maying 

On the slanting meadow floor; 

And mother dipt the trellis, 

And father read his book 
By the little attic window — 

So close above the brook: 

How little did we reckon 

Of ghosts that flit and pass, 
Of fates that nod and beckon 

In the shadows on the grass; 

Of beauty soon deflowered, 

Engulfed, and borne away — 
And youth that sinks devoured 

In the chasm of a day! 

Courageous and undaunted, 

As in a golden haze. 
We lived a life enchanted, 

Nor stopt to count the days. 

We that were in the story 

Saw not the magic light. 
The pathos, and the glory 

That shines on me tonight. 

— By John Jay Chapman. 



Judge — The police say that you and your wife had some 

words. Prisoner — I had some, but didn't get a chance to use 
them. 



The San Francisco Savings and Loan Society 

SAVINGS (THE SAN FRANCISCO BANK) COMMERCIAL 

526 CALIFORNIA STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. 
Member of the Associated Savings Banks of San Francisco 
MISSION BRANCH , . . Mission and 2Ut Street. 

PARK PRESIDIO DISTRICT BRANCH Clement and 7th Avenue 

HA.IGHT STREET BRANCH - Haight and Belvedere Street. 

JUNE 30, 1919 

Assets $60,509,192.14 

Deposits 57,122.180.22 

Capital Actually Paid Up 1,000,000.00 

Reserve and Contingent Funds 2,387,011.92 

Employees* Pension Fund 306,852.44 

OFFICERS. 

JOHN A. BUCK. President 

OEO. TOURNY, Vice-President and Manager 

A. H. R. SCHMIDT. Vice-President and Cashier 

E. T. KRUSE, Vice-President 

WILLIAM HERRMANN. Assistant Cashier 

A. H. MULLER. Secretary 
WM. D. NEWHOUSE, Assistant Secretary 
GOODFELLOW, EELLS. MOORE & ORRICK, 
General Attorneys 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
JOHN A. BUCK A. H. R. SCHMIDT A. HAAS 

GEO. TOURNY I. N. WALTER E. N. VAN BERGEN 

E. T. KRUSE HUGH GOODFELLOW ROBERT DOLLAR 

E. A. CHRISTENSON L. S. SHERMAN 



"Can the doctors give the relatives of that rich man no 

hope?" "None whatever. They say he is likely to live for 
years." 



Combined Statement of Condition 
Head Office and Branches 

Bank of Italy 

SAVINGS COMMERCIAL TRUST 

HEAD OFFICE. SAN FRANCISCO 

June 30, 1919 

RESOURCES 

First Mortgage Loans on Real Estate $31,241,868.49 

Other Loans ard Discounts 32,673,891.87 

Bankers' Acceptances 105,530.42 

United States, State, County, Municipal and Other 
Bonds; United States Certificates of Indebtedness 

and Notes of U. S. War Finance Corporation 21,093,290.94 

Banking Premises, Furniture, Fixtures and Safe 

Deposit Vaults 3,997.326.04 

Other Real Estate 394.867.47 

Customers' Liability on Letters of Credit 1,174,265.92 

Customers' Liability on Acceptances 200,000.00 

Interest Earned but not Collected 556,783.54 

Other Resources 76,901.58 

CASH AND DUE FROM BANKS 15,991,656.48 

Total Resources $107,506,382.75 

LIABILITIES 

■Capital Fully Paid $ 5.000,000.00 

Surplus $1,250,000.00 

Undivided Profits 1,087,018.86 2,337,018.86 

Discount Collected, but not Earned 45,897.14 

Reserved for Taxes and Interest Accrued 95.663.80 

Letters of Credit 1.174,265.92 

Acceptances 203,000.00 

Dividends Unpaid 201,458.49 

DEPOSITS 98,451,078.54 

Total Liabilities $107,506,382.75 

•Paid up Capital will be increased to '■ ,000. n July J. 1919. 

A. p. Glannlnl and W. R. Williams, i---iri^ separately duly sworn 
each for himself, s;iy.s that said A. P. Glannlnl is President and that 
said W R, Williams Is Cashier of the Hank of Italy, the Corpora- 
tion above mentioned, ;m<i that every statement contained herein 
Is true of hi* own knowledge and belief. 

A. P. GIANNINI, 
W. R. WILLIAMS. 
Subscribed and sworn before me this 80th day of June. 1919. 
THOMAS S. BURNES. Notary Public. 

The Story of Our Growth 

As shown by a Comparative Statement of Our Resources 

DECCMBKK 81. IU04 laU,4M.91 

DECEMBER 31. 1«06 $l.8«.9*7.28 

DECEMBEH:;!. iwiK 12.674 .CM .90 

DECEMBER 31. 1910 $6,539,861.49 

DECEMBER 31, 1912 $11,228,814.56 

DECEMBER 31, 1914 $18,030,401.59 

DECEMBER 31, 1916 - - - $39,805,995.24 
DECEMBER 31, 1918 - $93,546,161.50 
JUNE 30, 1919 - $107,506,382.75 

NUMBER OF DEPOSITORS 
June 30, 1918, 144,509. June 30, 1919, 170,679. 

Savings Deposits Made on or Before July lO, 1919. WIN Earn 
Interest from July 1, 1919. 



July 5. 1919 



and California Advertiser 



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POLO TOURNAMENTS HELD AT DEL MONTE 
One of the pretty features of the polo match Sunday at Del 
Monte was the presence of Mrs. Jane Selby Hayne in the sad- 
dle to referee the contest. Mrs. Hayne takes rank as one of 
the most expert horsewomen in the West. She is also recog- 
nized as a polo player and frequently takes a mallet and joins 
in making up sides among the men players. Mrs. Hayne un- 



derstands the rules of polo and ran off the contest, which was 
won by the Del Monte Whites in good style. 

Much enthusiasm is being displayed in polo again at Del 
Monte. On July 4, 5 and 6, there will be Independence Day 
tournaments which will attract three teams of star players. 
Walter Dillingham and Harold Castle, prominent in polo and 
society circles of Honolulu, will be among the entries. 




The afternoon tea is popular at Hotel Del Coronajo. San Diego, vide — the above from a recent photograph. 



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July 5, 1919 



The Anti-Noise Telephone 



WAR pressure is one of the great breeders of inventions. 
It was to be expected that out of the late conflict would 
come improvements and inventions, some of them with 
commercial uses hitherto undreamed of. San Francisco in- 
ventors were responsible for one of the most practical and valu- 
able inventions of the war — Magnavox Anti-Noise Telephone 
which made possible communications between airplanes and 
the ground and the "planes themselves in the air. It was this 
invaluable aid that gave aviation its fullest use in the war. 

The history of the Magnavox Company of San Francisco 
forms one of the most interesting chapters in the story of the 
development of telephony, and one of the longest and most 
radical steps in the progress of the telephone. It was only 
through the hardest of work and perseverence that two San 
Francisco men finally conquered seemingly unsurmountable 
obstacles. 

The conception of what ultimately became the Magnavox 
Company dates back to the year 1910. In that year Edwin S. 
Pridham, electrical engineer and graduate of Stanford Univer- 
sity, met Peter L. Jensen, former associate of the famous in- 
ventor, Dr. Valdemar Poulsen of Copenhagen. Both were in 
the employ of the Federal Telegraph Company of San Fran- 
cisco. Jensen had been sent by Dr. Poulsen to the United 
States, to assist in introducing the Poulsen arc system of wire- 
less telegraphy in this country. 

The first wireless telegraph stations in the United States 
using the Poulsen arc were erected and put into operation by 



these two engineers. It was mainly due to their work during 
1910 that the Poulsen arc system developed into the most suc- 
cessful of all wireless systems. The later success of the sys- 
tem need not be recorded here. Suffice to say that it is now 
acknowledged to be supreme for all long distance radio com- 
munication; and it was the radio system employed by the 
United States Government to connect General Pershing's 
American Expeditionary Force headquarters in France directly 
with the War Department in Washington. 

It was while doing the pioneer work in connection with wire- 
less telegraphy and telephony that the imaginations of Prid- 
ham and Jensen were stirred, and it became more evident to 
them than ever that there were still vast fields in the domain of 
electricity, which were yet to be explored and conquered by 
human ingenuity. 

The latter part of 1910 was spent on a trip to Europe, where 
tl ey met such men as J. A. Fleming and J. Erskine Murray in 
London, Dr. Valdimar Poulsen in Copenhagen, Dr. Huth in 
Berlin, and Baron Lepel in Paris, all internationally known 
wireless experts. 

Upon their return in 1911 a company was formed and the 
necessary funds to equip and maintain an experimental labora- 
tory were secured. In 1916 a laboratory was established at 
Napa. One of the first problems attacked by Pridham and Jen- 
sen was the improvement of the telephone receiver. As a re- 
sult of their work, the Magnavox or Loud-Speaking Telephone 
was born. 




The Secretary of the Navy Using the Magnavox. 



July 5, 1919 



and California Advertiser 



17 




Indispensible to Avictiion. 

It may be recalled by many that the Magnavox was demon- 
strated during a Christmas Eve celebration in the Civic Center 
of San Francisco in 1915. Mayor Rolph and Thomas Hickey, 
principal speakers of the evening, stood on the balcony of the 
New City Hall, and their speeches, amplified by the Magna- 
vox, were distinctly heard and understood by every man, wo- 
man and child in the huge audience of fully 75,000 people as- 
sembled in the Civic Center. Reports came in later that the 
speeches had been heard distinctly in windows of buildings 
seven b'ocks away! 

The Magnavox instrument was placed behind the pillars at 
the end of the balcony and obscured by a large flag. Several 
phonograph selections were also rendered, featuring songs sung 
at former Christmas Eve celebrations by such stars at Tetraz- 
zini and David Bispham. A remarkab'e piano record by Pad- 
erewski was played, and an enthusiastic listener expressed his 
appreciation in the declaration that to him it "sounded like the 
Colossus of Rhodes hitting the Chimes of Westminister." 

The carrying power of the sound emitted from the Magna- 
vox is remarkable. Under favorable weather conditions music 
has been heard in Napa Valley, seven miles away from the in- 
strument on the top of the laboratory chimney at Napa. 

In 1917 a merger was effected between the Commercial Wire- 
less and Development Company and the Sonora Phonograph 
Company, and the Magnavox Company came into existence. 
The Sonora Phonograph Company was then rapidly coming to 
thi front, having won from the Awards Committee of the 
Panama-Pacific International Exposition the highest score for 
tone quality. 

The Sonora Phonograph Company provided the immediate 
working capital. 

At the entrance of the United States into the world war a 
very serious problem confronted the army and navy — namely, 
that of providing a successful method of communication be- 
tween individuals in the crews of aeroplanes, and a' so between 
the "planes and the ground. 

The use of an inter-communicating telephone between mem- 
bers of the crew, and of the wireless or radio telephone to the 
ground, was suggested. The greatest obstacle to this, however, 
was the terrific noise made by the unmuffled exhaust from the 
powerful aeroplane engines. The wind from ahead, the beat- 



ing of the propellers, and the direct motor exhaust produced 
such an aggregate of noise that the human voice was com- 
pletely obliterated. Speech on board a Liberty 'plane was an 
impossibility. 

The Magnavox Company was asked by the Government to 
help solve this problem. Government officials believed that 
the trouble might be overcome by using a very loud telephone 
receiver such as the Magnavox. One trial, however, convinced 
the Magnavox engineers that the main trouble lay with the 
telephone transmitter, which picked up all the engine and other 
noises to such an extent that they drowned out every vestige 
of the voice. 

Many attempts were made to prevent the noise from reach- 
ing the transmitter. The use of sound insulating material was 
tried, but all to no avail. The sound would penetrate inches 
of felt, cork or rubber with practically undiminished intensity. 

It is said that "necessity is the mother of invention." It 
proved to be entirely true in this case. 

The Magnavox Company's engineer, discarding all pre-con- 
ceived ideas, boldly opened up the transmitter so as to allow 
all noise to enter — but with the idea of letting the noise hit 
both sides of the diaphragm with equal force. This arrange- 
ment proved to be a success immediately, and the now famous 
Magnavox Anti-Noise transmitter was quickly evolved in its 
present form. 

To illustrate the principle of the Magnavox Anti-Noise trans- 
mitter, let us imagine a suspended metal plate, such as a flat 
gong for example, corresponding to the transmitter diaphragm. 
Imagine its being hit on both sides with equal force at the same 
instant. If the blows are exactly equal in force, and occur 
simultaneously, the plate will not vibrate. 

This phenomenon forms the basic principle of the Magnavox 
Anti-Noise transmitter. The essential part of the transmitter 
is completely opened up, with both front and back removed. 
The diaphragm is held at its edges by means of a narrow 
ring, and care is taken to have about the same area exposed on 
both sides of the diaphragm. An ordinary transmitter button 
is fastened to the back of the diaphragm and held by a bridge 
extending across the back of the transmitter, a considerable 
distance away from the diaphragm. 

When this transmitter is held in noisy surroundings, and the 
noise is coming more or less from all directions, no noise will 
be heard in a distant telephone receiver connected in circuit 




The Magnavox "Amplifier." 



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San Francisco News Letter 



July 5, 1919 



with the transmitter. If, however, the lips are placed close 
to the transmitter diaphragm and spoken words are directed 
against one side only of the diaphragm, it will vibrate solely 
to the voice and the words will be heard distinctly in the re- 
ceiver at the other end of the line — free from any other dis- 
turbance from extraneous noises in the neighborhood of the 
.transmitter. 

In aeroplane practice, this transmitter is held directly in 
front of the aviator's mouth by means of straps fastened to the 
leather helmet. Two padded, adjustable brackets rest against 
the operator's cheeks, and by a sliding adjustment in and out, 
permit the distance from the mouth to the diaphragm to be 
varied. 

The telephone receivers are held inside the aviator's helmet. 
The engine noise is prevented from directly reaching the avia- 
tor's ears by means of sheet lead caps and soft sponge rubber 
pads. After entirely successful trials, this communicating sys- 
tem was immediately adopted by the United States Govern- 
ment for aeroplane use. 

The United States Navy, which uses the largest and most 
powerful aeroplanes, has adopted the Magnavox inter-com- 
munication system exclusively. 

In the Army the Magnavox system is used on all the larg- 
est aeroplanes, such as the Handley Page, and on a great 
many two-seated 'planes. 

The Magnavox Anti-Noise Transmitter has been respon- 
sible, more than any other one factor, in making the use of 
the wireless telephone from aeroplanes to the ground such 
an unqualified success. 

The Magnavox Company was restrained by the United 
States Government from using the Anti-Noise Transmitter 
commercially during the war, but after the armistice was 
signed, permission was given to use this epochal develop- 
ment in telephony for any and all commercial purposes. 

An instrument which will be known as the Magnavox Ani- 
Noise Telephone. Type B-2, is now being placed on the 
market. It embodies the aeroplane super-telephone, adapted 
to commercial requirements. It will prove of inestimable 
value for all telephone communication where surrounding 
noises interfere with perfect speech transmission. 

The Magnavox Company is also placing on the market an 
Anti-Noise Telephone designated as the Type D-2. In this 
type the electro-dynamic form of receiver is used, together 
with an Anti-Noise Transmitter. 

The D-2 type of telephone is unquestionably the most su- 
premely efficient of all telephone instruments, embodying as 
it does the two most radically advanced developments in 
telephony for years — the same form of receiver that made 
possible the loud, clear undistorted speech of the Magnavox, 
and the same transmitter that permitted undisturbed tele- 
phone conversation directly alongside the thundering, un- 
muffled exhaust of two Liberty aeroplane motors delivering 
over eight hundred horsepower. That it will meet a strong and 
growing demand has been proved already, so soon after the 
"war embargo" has been lifted, by the increasing number of 
requests for particulars concerning it. 

The electro-dynamic loud-speaking telephone, known as the 
"Magnavox," itself is now being more aggressively put before 
the public. 

The company is building at the present time a modern fac- 
tory in Oakland on East 14th Street, between 27th and 28th 
Avenues. The property consists of five acres incorporated in 
the old Wellman estate, and the former Wellman mansion will 
be used as the executive office. It is expected that the new 
factory will be completed and utilized within six weeks. 



"For beating your wife, I will fine you $1.10," said the 

judge. "I don't object to the dollar," said the prisoner, "but 
what is the ten cents for?" "That," said the judge, "is the 
Federal tax on amusements." — t inancial Insurance News. 



Fred Solari's Restaurant, Geary and Mason streets, is in 

the center of the theatre district, convenient to the principal 
hotels. The entertainment and food is excellent, and its patron- 
age is drawn from the class who appreciate the best. 



Gus Beltrami 



G. Peverlnl 



A. Bruschera 



Gus' Fashion Restaurant 

Fish and Game a Specialty 

Meals Served a La Carte, Also Regular French Dinner 

OPEN EVERY DAY FROM 8 A. M. to 9 P. M. 

65 Post Street, Near Market Street 



Phono Kearny 4536 



San Francisco, Cal. 



J. Bcrgez 



C. Muilhcbuou 



BERGEZ-FRANK'S 

Old POODLE-DOG Co. 

HOTEL AND RESTAURANT 
MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EVERY EVENING 

415-421 Bush St., San Francisco (Above Kearny) Exchange, Donglaa 2411 



DIVIDEND NOTICE. 
Italian-American Bank. 
For the half-year ending June 30. 1919, a dividend has been declared at 
the rate of four (4) per cent per annum on all savings deposits, payable 
"ii and alter Wednesday. July 2. 1919. Dividends not called for will be 
added to the principal and hear the same rate of interest from July 1. 1919. 
I iep< csils made i>n nr h.-fore July In. 191!'. will earn interest from July 1. 1919. 

A. SBARBORG, President. 
Office — Southeast comer Montgomery and Sacramento streets. 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 
Bank of Italy. 
For the half year ending June 30, 1919, a dividend has been declared 
at the rate of four (4) per cent per annum on all savings deposits, pay- 
able on and after July l. 1919. Dividends not called for are added to and 
bear the same rate of interest as the principal from July 1. 1919. De- 
posits made on or before July 10, 1919, will earn interest from July 1, 1919. 

A. P. GIANNINI, President. 
e — Southeast corner Montgomery and Clay streets. Market street 
Branch — Junction Market. Turk and Mason streets. 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 
Humboldt Savings Bank. 
For the half year ending June 30. 1919, a dividend has been declared 
at the rate of four (4) per cent per annum on all savings deposits, pay- 
able on and after Wednesday. July 2, 1919. Dividends not called for are 
added to and bear the same rate of Interest as the principal from July 
1. 1919. 

II. C. KLEVESAHL, Cashier. 
Office — 783 Market street, near Fourth. 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 
Security Savings Bank. 
For the half year ending June 30. 1919. a dividend upon all deposits at 
the rate of four (4) per cent per annum will be payable on and after 
July 2. 1919. 

S. U ABBOT, Vice President 
Office — 316 Montgomery street. 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 
The Hibernla Savings and Loan Society. 
For tile half-year ending June 30. 1919. a dividend has been d> 
at the rate of four (4) per cent per annum on all deposits, payable on and 
after Wednesday. July 2, 1919. Dividends not drawn will be added to 
iepositois' accounts, become part thereof, and will earn dividend from 
July 1. 1919. Deposits made on or before July 10. 1919, will draw interest 
from July 1, 1919. 

R. M. TOBIN, Secretary. 
Office — Corner Market, McAllister and Jones streets. 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 
Mutual Savings Bank of San Francisco. 
For the half-year ending June 30, 1919, a dividend has been declared at 

the rate of four 14) per cent per annum on all savings deposits, payal.l 1 

and after Wednesday. July 2. 1919. Dividends not railed for are added to 
and bear the same rate of interest as the principal from July 1. 1919. 

C. B. HOBSON. Cashier. 
706 Market street, opposi te Third. 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 

Union Trust Company of San Francisco. 

For the half-year ending June 30. 1919. a dividend has been declared at 

th,. rale ni' four (II P'-r cent per annum on all savings deposits, payable 

mi and after Wednesday. July 2, 1919. Dividends not called for are added 

tn am! I.ear the same rate of interest as the principal from July 1, 1919. 

H. O. LARSH, Cashier. 

Office Junction Market street, Grant avenue and O'Farrell street. 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 

The San Francisco Savings and Loan Society. 

For the half-year ending June 30. 1919. a dividend has been declared at 

the rate of four (4) per cent per annum on all deposits, payable on and 

after Wednesday. July 2. 1919. Dividends not called for are added to 

the deposit account and earn dividend from July 1, 1919. 

GEO. TOURNEY. Manager. 

Office 526 California street. San Francisco. Mission Branch. Mission 

and Twenty-first streets. Park-Presidio District Branch. Clement street 
and Seventh avenue. Halght Street Branch. Haight and Belvedere streets. 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 

French-American Bank of Savings (Savings Department). 

For the half-year ending June 80, 1919, a dividend has been declared at 

the rate of four Mi per cenl per annum on all deposits, payable on and 

alter Wednesday, July 2, 1919. Dividends not called for are added to 

and lieai (In same nite (if interest as the principal from July 1. 1919. 

Deposits made cm or before July I". 1919, will earn interest from July 

1. 1919. 

DEON BOCQUERAZ. President. 
Office— 108 Sutter street. 



July 5, 1919 



and California Advertiser 



19 



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By B. J. Rosenthal. 



WITH the touring season at its height and the roads in 
perfect condition from one end of the state to the other, 
it is no wonder that every one who owns an automobile 
wants to go somewhere, and that every one who does not own 
an automobile, wants to secure one and likewise go somewhere. 

The wonderful roads of California make touring a pleasure 
whether it is short distance traveling or long runs. 

Few persons in this state think anything of making a trip 
of several hundred miles. A run to Camp Curry in Yosemite 
is only a day's trip now if you want to make it so. The roads 
to the valley are all good now, as good as they will be this year. 
Wawona road is in good shape and the Chowchilla Mountain 
grade, which is the stumbling block on this road at certain 
times of the year, is now dry and in good shape. The roads 
are a trifle dusty but not enough to make any difference. 

The roads to Lake Tahoe are in excellent shape now. All 
are good. The roads around the wonderful lake are all open 
and in fine condition. The best way to make this trip is to go 
up by way of Auburn and over the summit into Truckee and 
then over the mountain into Lake Tahoe and return by way of 
Myers and Placerville and then on down the valley to Folsom 
and home. 

The Tioga road is rapidly being put into condition and is 
now open. This means that one of the most wonderfully 
scenic trips in the world is now available to motorists. The 
best way to make this trip is to go to Tahoe first and then 
come down the back of the Sierras into Yosemite. The sum- 
mit is over 9,000 feet high and the views are just one marvel 
after another. No one who is able should miss this wonderful 
trip into the Top of the World. Europe can boast of its Alps 
and mountains, but there is nothing like this anywhere else on 
earth. Great mountains of solid granite rise like giant tooth- 
picks in the air. There seems to be no limit to their size. 

Then, too, the shorter trips around San Francisco are well 
worth taking. There are so many of them that it is hard to 
pick a pretty spot. Just pack up a lunch some Sunday morn- 
ing and start going down the peninsula. There are enough 
places to stop and eat and have a rest. There is not much 
driving to do and that makes it a great deal better. The trips 
are well worth while and the man who owns an automobile 
need have no trouble in finding some where to stop and enjoy 
himself. 

Then, too. there is the marvelous San Cruz country. A trip 
through the Big Basin and to the city by the sea is one that 
will be long remembered. The roads are good and the 
scenery wonderful. There are some of the most beautiful 
trees in the West in this Big Basin country and there are 
pretty places to stay and have a good time. 

Beside that there are hundreds of places to stop and camp 
if you are equipped to do so. Take a bedding ro'.l along and a 
small stove and some grub and start out. You will find that 
life is worth living in this part of the world. The climate is 
just right, not too hot or too cold, and the evenings and nights 
cool enough so that you can sleep well. 

There is no earthly reason why any one should stay at home 
now if he owns an automobile. There are so many places to 
go and so much to do and see that no one should ever be at 
home on Sundays. 

Then there is the wonderful country to the north of us, 
"Vacationland."' It has been well named because there are so 
many Summer resorts and places to stay. The roads are all in 
condition now. The highway has been completed to Santa 
Rosa, with a few miles of detours, which are negligible. This 
opens one of the most scenic sections of the state. 



The coast line in Marin County is dotted with camping 
places and small hotels where one can stay at small expense. 
Then there are the wooded sections further north. The roads 
through the mountains are not concrete highways, but they are 
good dirt roads and in fine condition now. 

Then the route through Santa Rosa and north and then east 
into picturesque Lake County and the hundred and one re- 
sorts there. 

California is in truth the tourists" paradise and it is no 
wonder that thousands of automobile parties come thousands 
of miles just to tour this state. 

Turn south now and take a trip through the mountains and 
the fertile valleys to Los Angeles. The coast route is in the 
best condition now and highway most of the way clear to San 
Diego. The run to San Diego can be made easily in three 
days and the driver does not have to hurry at that. The roads 
are all good and being made better every day. 

The best way to make the trip to Los Angeles is to go down 
by way of the coast route and come back through the valley. 
This gives a wonderful view of California's agricultural country 
on both sides of the Coast Range Mountains. 

Try some of these trips this Summer. You will be well 
repaid and will see some of the most wonderful country on 
earth. 



AI WIES TO COME HERE 

California is to witness an expansion of the moving picture 
industry, according to an announcement made to the Home 
Industry League. 

According to Joseph A. Eliason, general manager of one of 
the film companies, this industry is the third important in- 
dustry of the United States. More than that, it is growing. 
All states but New York and California have failed to furnish 
the proper atmosphere for the movies, so the directors and 
producers mean to locate in the various parts of California and 
to stay here. 

"We are forming the great triangle," dec'ared Eliason. "Cal- 
ifornia is the only home of the movie. Los Angeles, San 
Francisco and New York form the great triangle of the moving 
picture industry; San Francisco and Los Angeles for produc- 
tion fields, New York for commercial. 

"The State of California offers every natural advantage. 
Heretofore our activities have been principally in Southern 
California. But the time has come when we must find new 
territory for scenes that our pictures may not bear too much 
icpetition. A fallacy has existed on climate. It was thought, 
in the first flush of the moving picture industry, that one 
part of California only was possible for pictures, climatically. 
We have found that to be untrue. All parts of California offer 
equal advantages for climate. We have discovered, on travel- 
ing through California, that there are scenes of wondrous 
beauty, beginning with San Francisco's advantages, through 
the valleys and the mountains that have never seen a camera. 
The industry is big enough to be found in all parts of Cali- 
fornia, since this state seems to have been designed to meet 
the requirements of the movie producer. The movie is the 
greatest of Home Industries. I am pleased to announce to the 
people of California that we propose making all of California 
our home — we have come to stay and with us is money and 
pro.perity and activity." 

The first moving picture studio for San Francisco is now 
under construction in the southern part of the city. Others, 
it is announced, are to follow. 



20 



San Francisco News Letter 



July 5, 1919 




The United States is now supplying approximately one-half 
of the manufactures entering international trade. All of the 
non-manufacturing sections of the whole world are now looking 
to us for a large proportion of their supplies of manufactures. 
Prior to the war the United States was supplying about one- 
sixth of the manufactures entering international trade; in the 
year which ends with this month we have supplied about one- 
half. Manufactures entering international trade in pre-war 
years averaged about $7,000,000 per annum, but with the sus- 
pension of exports by certain of the great manufacturing 
countries of the world, notably Germany, Austria and Belgium, 
and the great reduction in exports by the other European manu- 
facturers. Great Britain, France and Italy, the value of manu- 
factures other than war materials entering international trade 
was temporarily reduced, and the total value of the manufac- 
tures entering world commerce in the fiscal year 1919 is prob- 
ably little more than $6,500,000,000. of which the United States 
supplied about one-half. Manufactures exported from the 
United States in the calendar year 1918 aggregated $3,395,- 
000,000, exclusive of those sent to our own non-continguous 
territories of Hawaii and Porto Rico, which are not included in 
the figures of foreign trade. A compilation by The National 
City Bank of New York shows that the exports of manufactures 
from the United States has averaged $265,000,000 per month 
during the ten months of the fiscal year, for which figures are 
now available, and in the latest month, April, were $290,000,000. 
thus justifying an estimate of over $3,000,000,000 as the record 
for the fiscal year ending with June, 1919, of which nearly 
two-thirds is included in the period following the close of the 
war. 

The non-manufacturing area of the world, which was prior to 
the war accustomed to draw its manufactures chiefly from 
Europe and the United States, consists of South America, 
Africa, Oceania. Asia, except Japan, and all of North America 
outside the United States. Manufactures formed, prior to the 
war, about 66^c of our exports to Asia; 85<7c of those to South 
America; 85^ of those to Oceania; 75 r ; of those to Africa, 
and 65% of those to North America. With the fall off of 
available manufactures from Europe, our exports to all those 
areas have enormously increased. Our total exports to Asia 
increased from $115,000,000 in the fiscal year 1914 to about 
$550,000,000 in the fiscal year ending with June. 1919; to 
South America from $125,000,000 in 1914 to nearly $400,000,000 
in 1919; to Oceania from $54,000,000 in the pre-war period to 
$190,000,000 in the current year; to Africa from $28,000,000 
to $75,000,000. and to North America, which also takes its 
manufactures chiefly from the United States, the increase is 
from $529,000,000 in 1914 to approximately $1,275,000,000 in 
the year which ended with last month, and most of these phe- 
nomenal gains occur in manufactures. 

The United States is, in fact, the only manufacturing country 
of the world, other than Japan, showing an increase in its ex- 
ports of manufactures during the war period. Exports of 
manufactures from Great Britain in 1918 were slightly less in 
value than those in 1913; those from France show a heavy fall 
off. while the other great manufacturing countries of the 
world, Germany. Austria-Hungary and Belgium, were practi- 
cal", y out of over-seas trade during the war. 

The total trade of the United States in the fiscal year ending 
with June will be the highest on record and may cross the 
$10,000,000,000 line. For the eleven months ending with May, 
for which official figures are now available, the grand total is 
$9,111,000,000 against $?, 949.000,000 in the full fiscal year 
1917, the highest record ever made for an entire fiscal year. 
Thus the grand total for the eleven months ending with May 
exceeds that of any full year in the past, and should the June 
figures equal the monthly average of the eleven months already 



elapsed the grand total for the fiscal year ending with June 
30, 1919. would be over $10,000,000,000. 

Speculators carried an extremely large amount of mining 
shares over the holiday period. Sentiment was bullish and 
nearly all the Divide issues advanced several points. 

Divide Extension, on trading in 16,000 shares, advanced from 
$2.55 to $2.87!/ 2 and closed at $2.S2y 2 . More than 75,000 
shares of Dividend changed hands while the price advanced 
from 77c to 80c, with the close at 78c. Tonopah Divide re- 
covered from $7.75 to $8.15, Brougher was a point up at 
$1.47 1 / 2 . Gold Zone improved from 67c to 75c and Hasbrouck, 
after advancing to 53c, closed at 51c. Gold Reef was higher 

at 35c. 

* * * 

The San Joaquin Valley Milk Producers' Association have 
launched a drive to obtain 3,000 members in the $30,000,000 
merger. The merger will provide factories for the better 

utilization of skim milk. 

* * * 

Sacramento has voted bonds for $1,800,000 for a filtration 

plant in connection with the water system. 

* * * 

An issue of !f255.000 of the Happy Valley Irrigation Dis- 
trict 6s have been purchased by Stephens & Company. The 

bonds are offered to yield $5.60. 

* * * 

The National City Company and several San Francisco 
houses are offering the new $35,000,000 ten-year, 60; , secured 
gold bonds of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad to yield about 
6 1 /2 ( /c- The security consists of issues of the stock of the 
Reading railroad, and $14,250,000 of Baltimore and Ohio gen- 
eral mortgage 6'/[ bonds, the total market value of the security 
being placed at $45,000,000. The issue was bought by Kuhn, 
Loeb & Co., Speyer & Co. and the National City Co. 
* * * 

In the financial columns of the News Letter issued June 28 it 
was announced that the Goodrich Tire and Rubber Company 
would construct a tire factory at Los Angeles. The announce- 
ment should have read the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company 
of California and not the Goodrich Company. 




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July 5, 1919 



and California Advertiser 



21 



The Purpose of the Muffler 



By H. Clifford Brockaw 



IF you do not have a muffler on your car the copper will get 
you as a nuisance and a fine will be assessed next morning. 
But your muffler is intended to muffle the sound of the mo- 
tor and not its power. Yet in many cases there is such a back 
pressure from the muffler that a large percentage of the power 
is neutralized. It is no wonder that a lot of drivers of trucks 
and passenger cars want a cutout on the exhaust line. Some 
of them might use it for an accelerator. All because the muf- 
fler is clogged with soot and perhaps rust. 

The muffler never has been popular, and it may be that is 
why it is so neglected — snubbed, so to speak. It was not a part 
of the early cars, which chugged and roared through the streets 
until patient folk began passing ordinances about it. Then it 
was considered necessary to have a cutout to help start or re- 
lieve pressure on the hills. Modern motors do not require this 
and the cutout is not a part of regular equipment any longer. 
Thousands are made and sold, however, to drivers who would 
rather use their heels than their heads — who would rather en- 
dure the noise than keep the muffler clean, taking the chance 
of an occasional fine. Most of them do not even know that the 
muffler needs cleaning. 

Now, the purpose of the muffller is this : The exhaust valve 
opens with the burned gas under a pressure of close to thirty 
pounds per square inch. Everyone knows what a commotion 
is made when it is exhausted directly into the air. The muf- 
fler was designed to quiet this, make motoring conversations 
possible and enable dwellers along the highways to live peace- 
ably. Imagine the roar of the thousands of cars and trucks on 
Fifth Avenue any day or on a traveled highway on Sunday. 

The muffler provides a chamber where the exhaust gases 
may expand and cool, while the pressure is broken by forcing 
the gas to pass through many small holes slowly. 

When these small openings fill up with soot, just exactly 
after the fashion of the stovepipe, the gas cannot pass off rap- 
idly enough and the cylinders are not fully emptied after each 
explosion stroke. That makes it impossible to draw in a full 
charge of new mixture on the next section stroke, there is not 
a normal quantity to explode and there is less power in pro- 
portion. 

It may naturally happen, and I have had such cases reported 
to me, that opening the throttle fully makes slight increase in 
power. Opening the cutout, however, causes the engine to speed 
up. One time I was riding in a car which could hardly make 
the slightest grade and second gear was a frequent necessity. 
A test showed that the cutout was the proper accelerator to use 
and we used it about all the way home. Then the muffler was 
taken off and found almost wholly clogged with soot. 

This was a case where the cause and effect were readily ap- 
parent, but there is many a driver wondering why the old boat 
doesn't zip-zip the way she used to who would find a way out 
of his troubles if he would look inside the muffler. Inspection 
of the muffler ought to be as regular as packing the wheel 
hubs; yet I doubt if a single service station ever makes an ex- 
amination. I have looked over a number of service station in- 
spection schedules and have yet to find one which called for 
any attention whatever to the muffler. 

Another practice which makes a lot of trouble for the muf- 
fler is that of putting kerosene in the cylinders to cut the car- 
bon. It will clean out the carbon, true, but that isn't all; the 
carbon is exhausted through the muffler and the small open- 
ings are soon clogged by the greasy deposit. Some drivers have 
discovered this and where there is a cutout it is opened, allow- 
ing most of the carbon to escape in this way. It does not wholly 
obviate the trouble, however, nor excuse a careless driver from 
the duty of giving the muffler the once-over occasionally, the 
same as does other parts of the car. 

Probably one of the chief reasons for neglect is the fact that 
the muffler is a non-moving member and many persons can- 
not see why a thing that does not "work" should get out of 



whack. But it has to withstand a rush of heated gases and the 
beating of innumerable fine particles of carbon, and its "work" 
is : "They also serve who only stand and wait." 

Since the muffler is terra incognito to most drivers, it might 
be well to obtain from the manufacturer of the car the proper 
pamphlet showing the construction of the design used on the 
car; but the average driver should be able to dissect it and re- 
assemble it after cleaning. 

Neither garage man nor service station representative will 
give the muffler the slightest attention unless directed to, or it 
makes its defect so apparent it cannot be overlooked and hence 
must be looked over. 



HOW YOUNG ARAB CHIEF WON PEACE TABLE SEAT 

Emir Feisal, 32 years old, sat at the Peace Conference as the 
Arab representative through right of might, 'oecause of the 
signal assistance he gave the Allies in overthrowing the Turk. 
The first operations of this son of Husein, Sherif of Mecca, 
direct descendent of Mohammed and president of the secret 
revolutionary societies, were not crowned with success, relates 
William G. Shepherd in July number of the New Red 
Cross Magazine, but before the end came he was able to 
assist General Allenby magnificently in the capture of the 
Turkish army, not a little because he had the good judgment 
to take the advice of a keen-minded way-faring Briton. 

"When Feisal was down there by the Red Sea with his men,'' 
writes Mr. Shepherd, "short of food, short or water, short of 
ammurition, and with no great supply of hope, a quiet young 
English explorer from the good old British school came along. 
His name is E. Lawrence. He spoke Arab like a native- having 
spent half a dozen years in the desert places, and no Arab was 
browner than he. 

" 'Don't march south to the aid of your father," he advised 
Feisal. 'March north, out of the Hejaz, up into Syria, and call 
upon all the Arabs to join you. * * * The British are up 
there in the north and if you show yourself strong I am sure 
they will help you.' 

"Then and there in the little Red Sea village, talking with 
this tanned British relic digger, Emir Feisal made the decision 
that brought him at last to the peace table in Paris." 



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San Francisco News Letter 



July 5, 1919 



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ROUTE MAP San Luis 
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CALIFORNIA 

LEGEND 

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Trails 

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Railroad Routes 

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INYO— WHERE THE FISH BITE. 
South of Yosemite Valley in the Sierra Nevadas lies the wild and wonderful Inyo National Forest. The road is to Modesto and 
then straight into the Sierras. There are many attractive camping and fishing places within the Inyo forest that can be reached by 
auto. If entering the forest from the south, the first restful place found is Gray's Meadows, not far from Independence. Farther up 
Owens Valley is the town of Big Pine, thru which flows the waters of Big Pine Creek; and from here a road leads up this creek, 
some five miles, to a Forest Service Public Camping Ground, where you may fish and rest. Bishop is the starting point from 
Owens Valley for many interesting trips, both into the White Mountains and into the Sierras. When you enter the town look for 
the Big Green Forest Service Shield— this marks the office of the Forest Supervisor, where you can obtain, free of charge, maps of 
the high mountain country, fish and game cards, and other literature pertaining to mountain life. 



July 5, 1919 



and California Advertiser 



23 




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Agents throughout Oregon and the entire Pacific Northwest 
are interested in the ruling by Insurance Commissioner Wells 
of Washington backed by an opinion of the attorney general 
of that State to the effect that the laws of Oregon do not au- 
thorize the operation of the underwriters annex proposed by the 
Northwestern Mutual Fire Association of Seattle, a mutual con- 
cern, without capitalization. The law of Oregon distinctly for- 
bids a mutual fire association or company to file a title or ad- 
ditional title under which it may transact business; confirming 
the privilege to the name or title under which it is organized. 

Agents in Washington have been conferring with the execu- 
tive committee of the Washington Association of Insurance 
Agents to devise means for avoiding application of the new 
rule on valuations which provides that no valuations shall be 
filed where the value is less than $50,000. Deciding that this 
is a discrimination against small owners, agents from all over 

the State have entered a vigorous protest. 

» • • 

At the concluding lecture of the educational series delivered 
this year before the associate members of the Fire Under- 
writers Association of the Pacific, John H. Schively of the pub- 
licity department of the Fire Prevention Bureau, took occasion 
to deplore the lack of interest and co-operation of local agents 
evidenced by the scant attendance at the annual convention of 
California insurance at Visalia last month and made a strong 
argument for the prevention of a solid front as an influence 
against the "hothouse theories of government and the many 
'isms' of popular reform to which the people are lending an all- 
too-ready ear," and which threaten not only the disruption of 
me business of insurance but to uproot and overthrow the pil- 
lars sustaining the structure and stability of the Republic. The 
speaker expressed the opinion that the chief reason for friction 
between insurer and insured was the ignorance of the public 
regarding the fundamental features of underwriting. 
* * * 

Encouraged by the action of the authorities of Alaska in de- 
claring the resident agents law of that State unconstitutional, 
the insurance companies operating in Nevada have asked for 
a permanent injunction to prevent the controller for the State 
of Nevada from enforcing those provisions of the resident 
agents law passed by the recent Legislature of that State which 
require the filing with the insurance commissioner of all 
"special, specific and tariff rates" and gives that official au- 
thority to revoke the license of any non-complying company. 
The petitioning companies have no objection to complying with 
those provisions of the law applying to resident agents, but it 
is claimed the reading into the bill at the last moment of the re- 
quirement regarding rates thus covering two subjects under one 

head makes the law unconstitutional and therefore void. 

* * ♦ 

Realizing that the enforcement of the Alaskan resident 
agency law would not serve the purpose for which it was de- 
signed but would, by forcing the retirement of companies re- 
su'.t in the ruination instead of improvement of agency inter- 
ests, the local agents of that district have added their influence 
to that of the companies in an effort to render the measure in- 
active. The eleven companies that withdrew as a consequence 
of the law have been advised that their reinstalment is now 
merely a matter of form. 

* * • 

M. R. Johnson has been appointed resident manager at San 
Francisco for the Ocean Accident & Guarantee. He is a brother 
of H. B. Johnson, Jr., manager for the casualty department of 
the Marsh McLennan general agency. Mr. Johnson was form- 
erly with the Pacific Coast Casualty leaving that company in 
1912 to go with the San Francisco office of the National Surety 
Co. Later during the same year he became liability underwriter 
for the Frankfort General's local office and when that com- 



pany's operations were closed down by the Government, he 

occupied the responsible position of resident secretary. 

* * * 

Agents of the Employers Liability and Hartford Accident 
& Indemnity throughout the State of Utah, have been notified 
of the determination of these companies to cease the writing of 
compensation insurance in Utah, on account of the action of 
the Utah Industrial Commission in revising its interpretation 
of the new compensation act to mean that the rates fixed by 
the commission can be regarded as minimum, instead of stand- 
ard. It is expected that other companies will follow the action 
of the Employers and Hartford. 

* * * 

Special Agent C. N. Carwin of the Insurance Company of 
North America and allied companies has been promoted by 
Manager Kelly to the office of superintendent of the automo- 
bile department recently created by the Insurance Company of 
North America, Alliance and Yorkshire Insurance Companies, 
and assumed his new duties on July 1st, with his headquarters 

at San Francisco. 

* * * 

W. K. Chetwood has succeeded J. 0. Bishop as special agent 
for the Phoenix of London's automobile department in Southern 
California and Arizona. Mr. Bishop resigned to accept a po- 
sition with the Automobile Club of Los Angeles. 

* * * 

Arthur Finley and J. B. Duryea who are associated in the 
San Francisco general agency of the Penn Mutual Life, were 
both present at the thirty-second annual meeting of the com- 
pany's agency association held at Philadelphia recently. 

* * * 

Getta Wasserman, well known newspaper woman of Port- 
land. Oregon, and until recently western correspondent for the 
New York News Service, has taken up life insurance as a pro- 
fession and is making a success of it. 

* * * 

J. D. Wheeler has succeeded F. M. Burnsides as special 
agent at Seattle. He will look after the automobile business of 
the Firemans Fund in Oregon, Washington and British Colum- 
bia. Mr. Wheeler has recently returned from France with the 
rank of captain. 

* * * 

The Phoenix Mutual Life has written thus far this year more 
new business than during the entire previous twelve months. 
The Phoenix Mutual is a staid, reliable old company and se- 
lects its business with more than ordinary care. 

* • * 

The directors of the Vulcan Fire of California have declared 

a half-yearly dividend of three per cent, payable this month. 

* * * 

Paul L. Ross has been appointed general agent of the West 

Coast Life for the State of Nevada; headquarters. Reno. 
» » » 

Cyril Kenyon is now district agent for the New England Mu- 
tual for the counties adjoining Stockton. 



There are many garages in town and the motorist is 

often in a quandary as to where to go, especially for permanent 
service. There are very few who give you Vne quality of 
service of Dow & Green, in Taylor street, between OFarrell 
and Geary. Here your car will receive something more than 
the "once over," and the prices are moderate. 



Wedding Presents. — The choicest variety to select from at 
Marsh's, who is now permanently located at Post and Powell 
streets. 



-Eppler'a Bakery and Lunch, High Clan Cooking. 886 Oeary Street. 



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San Francisco News Letter 



July 5, 1919 




One-Eye Jake — "Does the sun ever set in the East, 

Pete?" Pete — "I don't know, Jake, I ain't been further East 
nor Denver." — Widow. 

"So Edith married a wealthy man. Is she happy?" "I 

hardly think so. She's so rich that she can't enjoy bargain- 
hunting. — Boston Transcript. 

Maid — "There's a mendicant at the door, madam." Mrs. 

Newrich — "Well, tell him we haven't anything to mend just at 
present." — B-. ston Transcript. 

-Going to bed is one thing that requires no enthusiasm.- 



Jack Warwick. Getting out in the morning exhausts the supply. 
— St. Louis Globe-Democrat. 

Haberdasher — "And will one collar be sufficient?" 

Mrs. Higgins- — "Do you insinervate, young man, as I 'ave 
more than one 'usbin?" — London Blighty. 

Bertie — "What's that bell around the cow's neck for?" 

Charley — "Oh, that's what she rings when she wants to tell 
the calf that dinner's ready." — London Blighty. 

William Hohenzollern has just had $400,000 advanced 

to him to pay his board. He ought to be glad that he is not 
staying at an American Summer resort. — Life. 

"Were you very sick with the 'flu,' Rastus? "Sick, 

sick! Man. Ah was so sick mos' ebery night Ah look in dat er 
casualty list for mah name." — Whizz-Bang {Boston Base Hos- 
pital). 

Agent — "But. my dear madam, it's a shame to let your 

husband's life insurance lapse." "I'll not pay another cent. 
I've paid reg'lar fer eight years, an' I've had no luck yet." 
—Life. 

Traveller (on the aerial express) — "I want to drop into 

Hickville. conductor!" Conductor (looking at watch) — "Strap 
on your parachute — you wa'.k the plank in seven minutes!" — 
Buffalo Express. 

Pro>pective Biidegroom (in fjruture shop) — "These 

prices make me give up all thoughts of marriage. I ?'Ow realize 
it'll be cheaper to let her sue me for bread; of promise." — 
London Opinion. 

Dauber — "I made these sketches during a trip to the 

Rocky Mountains. Don't you think they are natural?" Critic 
(glancing over them) — "Well-er-they're certainly rocky." — 
— Boston Transcript. 

Earl Akers, former State streasurer. now a Topeka 

banker, relates that a man called at the bank the other day and 
said. "I want a checkbook cover for a lady that folds in the 
middle." — Kansas City Star. 

"What do you think of the League of Nations?" "It's 

something like the new house we have been building. We are 
confident that if we can ever get it finished it will be worth all 
the trouble and expense." — Washington Star. 

"You have advanced your prices enormously," com- 
plained the cafe proprietor. "Only enough to meet overhead 
charges," answered the orchestra leader. "We have a new 
jazz number in which we kick a hole into the bass viol at 
every performance."— Washington Star. 

"I presume you're mighty glad the war is over."' "Well. 

I don' jes' know about dat," answered Mandy. "Cose I'se 
glad to have my Sam back home an' all dat, but I jez' know I 
ain't never gwine t' get money from him so regular as I did 
while he wuz in de army an' de Government wuz handlin' his 
financial affairs." — Detroit Free Press. 



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John Barleycorn is certainly dead. Even the railroads 

refuse to carry 2%% beer. 

Americans are not going to buy the Krupp works. We 

never thought they would. 

Now that we have a new world's champion, we can get 

back to the League of Nations. 

Shades of a better day! Hinky Dink's Chicago saloon 

becomes a soft drink emporium. 

William Hohenzollern is to be tried in London. We 

wonder if Bill remembers Dr. Crippen. 

We know our soldiers are enjoying the splendid things 

Congress intends to do for them — and doesn't. 

Alfred Burleson doesn't seem to have success anywhere. 

The unions have now rejected his kind offer in the telephone 
strike. 

Hogs command the highest prices ever known. Funny 

how things change. At present prices the pig almost has a 
social status. 

With the President's return we can look forward to the 

battle roya'. in the Senate over the Peace Treaty. We are 
placing odds on the President. 

For the first time in history, the Oakland Jail did not 

contain a single drunk on July 3rd. Business, as usual, is being 
practiced, however, by the "Hold-up" Gentry. 

The French soldier has plenty of opportunity for action. 

Now comes Italy with a violent anti-French wave and the 
French in Fiume are forced to batt'.e for their lives again. 

New Yorkers are reported to have consumed 24.000,000 

gallons more water on July 1st than they usually do. It is 
awful to contemplate what must have happened on the 30th. 

At'antic City was the only oasis in the desert for a brief 

period. While rum hounds were making ready to visit the 
Mecca, governmental officials stepped in and closed the saloons. 

Down in Brazil they do things better. The coffee houses 

attempted to double the price of that drink and the patrons 
immediately wrecked the places, and the price was put back. 

Congress is to begin an investigation into food prices 

this week. We presume just to show their disrespect for that 
august body, the owners of food stocks will tack on a little 
more. 

It is awfully hard to recognize our old hero. Black Jack 

Pershing, as Sir John. Still he should not be criticized after 
his experience with Flanders mud for becoming a Knight of 
the Bath. 



The Methodists have adopted "Oasis" as the new name 

for saloons. They think it a less repulsive name for the soft 
drink parlors. Sodaloon was also suggested, and we think it 
appropriate. 

Bill Hohenzollern has had his first bout with taxes. 

The Holland Government entertains somewhat different ideas 
as to divine right, and forced William to pay taxes on his 
property in that country. 

The Japanese are becoming very modern. They now 

cheer their Emperor as he drives through the streets. It is a 
bad precedent. The Emperor should realize that cheers are 
frequently followed by bricks. 

The problem is to educate the world, according to an 

American educator speaking at the National Educational Meet- 
ing at Milwaukee. We thought that Germany advocated the 
same thing when she started the last war. 

Herbert Hoover has resigned as Chairman of the Board 

of Directors of the Food Administration's Grain Corporation. 
Mr. Hoover is gradually resigning from his various big jobs. 
His chief interest just now is feeding Europe. 

The Department of Agriculture announced that for about 

six months prices of food and other commodities have re- 
mained stationary, except for seasonal changes. We seem to 
be afflicted with more than the average seasonal change. 

Miss Violet Guerrieri has brought suit against the ad- 
ministrator of an estate because he refused to honor a $1,000 
check which was marked "a present of love." We have al- 
ways believed that all matters of love should be handled in 

CJsh. 

Verily it is a long buck that has no passing, and now 

Mitchell Palmer. United States Attorney General, to whom the 
Prohibition matter was carefully passed, has decided to arrest 
the brewers for making 2 3 4' ; beer — thus passing the buck 
on to the courts. 

An Ambassador's life must be just one thing after an- 
other. Just as Hugh C. Wallace, the new Ambassador to 
France, had spoken at length on the love manifested between 
the American and French armies, our marines and French 
troops clashed at Brest. 

The New York District Attorney is greatly incensed 

because fake mining promoters have sold stock to policemen 
of that city. In fact, he states that policemen are preferred as 
"marks" for the promoters. Judging by some of the policemen 
we have seen, we can readily understand why. 

William Jennings Bryan headed the parade of the 

Methodist Centenary, marking the celebration of J. Barley- 
corn's demise, riding a camel. Wil'iam Jennings' experience 
with the Democratic Ass and the Secretary of State Goat un- 
questionably fits him to ride most any kind of an animal. 

Mexico offers no hope to the thirsty. According to re- 
ports beer is 25c in the Southern Republic, and competition in 
brewing is severely frowned upon. It develops that Mexican 
governmental officials has espoused the dear old fifty-fifty 
idea and demand 50', of the stock and profits of any brewing 
company operating there. 






With the President's return from 
The League of Nations. Europe, the question of whether 

the United States shall become a 
member of the League of Nations will be squarely up to the 
Senate. In the meantime, the little group of "round robin" Sen- 
ators are doing their utmost in vilification and criticisms of the 
League. The wild and untamed Borah is shouting himself 
hoarse wherever an audience will listen to him on the un- 
Americanism of the pact. Reed, of Missouri, is delivering 
speeches at great length in the Senate, picturing us as ruled by 
Siam, Abyssinia, or any of the little African dependencies, and 
our own Johnson is engaged in his Presidential boom along the 
same lines. 

Just how the Senate acquires a monopoly on Americanism is 
hard to explain. It will be remembered by the American people 
for a long time to come, that it was a little group of Senators 
whose interpretation of Americanism would not permit them to 
vote for a declaration of war against Germany. It was a lit- 
tle group of Senators who filibustered at the last Congress 
causing appropriation bills which were urgently needed by the 
country in its reconstruction to be laid over. It is another little 
group of Senators this time, whose most blatant spokesmen 
represent, in their own opinion, a strong Progressive element, 
who are attacking the League. Progressives — although they 
now cheerfully occupy the same boat with Penrose, Smoot and 
others, whose hides they have attempted in times past to hang 
on the political fence for their reactionary tendencies. Morn- 
ing, noon and night the howl of Americanism goes up from this 
august body coupled with attacks on the League. The Senate's 
cry of Americanism is hardly well taken. (So far as our knowl- 
edge goes none of them were so thoroughly imbued with Am- 
ericanism that they could leave their duties of State and fight 
in the trenches with other plain Americans. So far as we know 
none of their sons paid the supreme penalty, or were even so 
much as scratched in the war.) So far not a constructive criti- 
cism of either the League or the Peace Treaty has been made. 

America entered the war to war on war. to make an end. if 
that were possible, of wars for all times, and with Peace we 
find ourselves with an agreement between the Nations which 
while not perfect offers the only possible solution to achieve 
that end. Without a formal pact between the Nations we can 
only go back to the old system of balance of power, spheres of 
influence, and military alliances. If that is done, the seven and 
a half million men who gave their lives will have died in vain. 

The cardinal principals of the League of Nations are : 

Guaranties of political independence and territorial integrity. 
Abolition of Secret Treaties. 
Limitation of Armaments. 
Arbitration. 

This it is agreed by even the Senate is a program that offers 
solution to many of the world's most perplexing problems, and 
is the basis of international idealism. Yet because the pact 
does not accomplish that program at once the Senate is dissat- 
isfied. 

The greatest criticism of the document is our subscribing to 
the guarantee of territorial integrity. The opposition Senators 
picture in this, our boys policing the out-ways of the world, 
and forced to soldier for the possessions of a Turkish Sultan, 
or some other imperial power. As a matter of fact, of course, 
the pact means nothing of the sort. It simply means that the 
first class powers and others subscribing to the document guar- 
antee that there is an end once and for all to territorial grab- 
bing — the cause of 90 per cent of all of the great wars, and 
the force employed will be largely moral suasion. German 
statesmen have admitted that had they thought for one moment 
that England would come into the war, there would have been 
no war. The League of Nations is a pact of all the great pow- 
ers. 

Another point severely criticized in the Treaty is the dispo- 
sition of Shantung. The giving of Shantung to the Japanese 



was opposed by President Wilson, and the American Peace 
Commissioners, and some other way sought out of that per- 
plexing problem, but to no avail. Shantung was taken as a 
prize of war from the Germans by the Japanese and England 
and France had agreed, previous to our entry into the war, that 
Japan was to retain Shantung, at least by occupation until com- 
pensated for her war losses. It is unfortunate that the Shantung 
problem could not have been settled in some other way. How- 
ever the indignation of the Senate is hardly well taken. We 
cannot recall that prior to the war there was any rousing cry 
from that body to have Germany release her sovereignty to this 
Chinese province. 

A League of Nations has been the hope of humanity for gen- 
erations. A judicial body to solve by arbitration the problems 
that lead nations into war has been the dream of ages, and the 
fact is now accomplished. The League of Nations is composed 
of the world's powers, and Germany and Russia can be in- 
cluded as soon as they have sufficiently reformed their internal 
affairs so that their conduct conforms at least with common 
decency. It is supported by the great body of opinion whose 
foremost effort is the eradication of war. Labor organizations, 
including foreign labor associations and the American Federa- 
tion of labor, have gone on record unmistakably as to their 
support of the pact. To labor it means the realization of its 
dreams, and the time when labor's sons will not be required to 
wage wars, and after all labor's sons and not Senator's sons 
have been the foremost fighters for America when she had 
need. 

The Senate opposition is actuated by two motives. One — 
political capital for the coming campaign; the other — persona: 
antagonism to the President. The President has not conformed 
always to precedent in consulting with the Senate, and these 
particular Senators feel that fact keenly. Consultation gives 
the Senate an opportunity to admire its own qualities, and fur- 
nishes the material for the bombast which is continually heard 
within its wall. Without self glorification the Senate cannot 
exist. Our Senators, after all, live by their own speeches, and 
they rarely disparage themselves. The Senate would do well 
before passing upon the League to consult the average man's 
opinion. It might learn something to its own future advantage. 

In the final analysis, the American people are much more 
exercised over America taking her place in the pact, than the 
personal criticisms and political futures of a few Senators, and 
it should be remembered that Senators owe the fact that they 
are Senators, to American votes. 



A perusal of the State Corporation De- 
Greater Effort to partment reports shows that most corpo- 
Secure InlUST^ies. rate transactions, increases, new corpo- 
rations, etc., take place in Southern 
California, rather than the Central portion. Corporations in the 
Southern section are constantly enlarging, new corporations are 
being formed, and generally there is an increase in corporate 
financing. New corporations of course mean new business, more 
industry, and that is also the meaning of the increase in capital- 
ization. 

It would seem that if ever there was a period in San Fran- 
cisco's history when every effort should be made to secure new 
industries for the Bay Cities, now is the time. San Francisco is 
more advantageously situated than any city on the coast, in that 
it already has the vital carrying trade to the Orient. The war 
brought home to us strongly the value of the export trade, and 
as the days go by, our Oriental exports are receiving more and 
more attention from those men already in the field, and new con- 
cerns are preparing to enter this important field. 

San Francisco by virtue of the fact that it already has the 
largest portion of the carrying trade can not help but benefit 
by this, but every effort should be made to encourage fac- 
tories to come here, particularly those factories that plan on 
Oriental export to care for a portion of their products. 

San Francisco, itself, has plenty of available factory sites. 



July 12, 1919. 



and California Advertiser 



There is plenty of land near the water's edge which could be 
readily converted and at small cost, into the best of industrial 
locations. 

It is entirely probable that many of the private land owners 
would be willing to donate at least a portion of their holdings to 
have factories locate with them. One stock argument which has 
in the past been used somewhat against San Francisco was the 
fact that it was known as a strong union town. Manufacturers 
who did not understand unionism or were opposed to organ- 
ized labor did not like this feature of our industrial life. With 
the war, however, there are few cities that are not strong union 
towns. Organized labor is in position today to enfore recogni- 
tion practically everywhere, and so long as the demands of 
labor are reasonable, unionism certainly cannot be an objec- 
tion. 

This is unquestionably the time for the civic bodies of San 
Francisco and the Bay Cities to campaign for more and bigger 
industries. Southern California has been developed to a large 
extent by self-advertising, and unquestionably it would benefit 
San Francisco to aggressively do the same. 



Since his return from Europe, Frank W. 

Vandes lip's Vanderlip, former President of the National 
Labor Program. City Bank of New York, has been in 
demand by various associations and civic 
societies as a speaker on European matters. 

Mr. Vanderlip has been an important factor in the growth 
of the National City Bank and it is not so long since he was 
considered the country's leading banker. Although he has al- 
ways been given credit for a fairly liberal attitude he has never 
been known as a labor radical. 

Mr. Vanderlip now comes forward with the following labor 
program : 

A national minimum wage. 

A maximum forty-eight hour-week in all industries. 

Joint control of shop conditions by employer and employees. 

Insurance against unemployment. 

Division of all profits above a minimum profit equally be- 
tween employer and employed. 

Apparently his experiences abroad, especially in England, 
has made a profound impression upon him. English labor un- 
questionably has in mind this same program and is in a fair 
way to accomplish the greater share of it. 

This program is not so different from J. Ogden Armour's 
views on the same matter. Mr. Armour believes in a living 
wage whether it be $3 or $10 a day and a division of the profits 
over a certain minimum to capital. With industrial leaders of 
this type advocating such measures it is hard to see where 
there can be any serious trouble between employers and em- 
ployed. As a check to the ultra-radical and our little group 
who admire the Russian system we can imagine nothing more 
effective. 



With an average indebtedness of about 
Our Dert Offset $200 for every man. woman and child in 
By War Gains. the country, our financial burden is still 
less than any of the waring countries with 
the single exception of Japan. It is, however, with its ag- 
gregate of twenty billions a very great deal more than the 
United States has ever assumed before. In comparison our 
Civil War debt was small, indeed. The total cost of the Civil 
War was about four billion, considerably less than one-seventh 
of our expense in the World War, although the Civil War lasted 
three times as long. 

Our war debt problem is simple as compared with France. 
In her case the average debt per capita is $1,000. Many of 
the Allied countries assumes an indebtedness of one-half of 
their national wealth. 

Paying the war debts will unquestionably be a long drawn 
out matter for all of the nations. France has already rejected 
any direct levy on capital and will work out her financial 
salvation with the present income and inheritance taxes and 
impost duties. It is improbable that any of the countries will 
seriously consider a direct levy on capital although this is the 
fervent hope of our ultra-radicals. 

The United States has absolutely nothing to fear in its debt. 
We are seven times stronger than we were at the close of the 
Civil War and most of the twenty billions spent have been 



distributed in this country and therefor cannot be considered a 
national loss. The capacity for earning has greatly increased 
during the war. Production has been speeded and many more 
people have gone into industry, especially women. It is not 
probable that the woman who engaged in war work will be 
content to drop back into the old way, but will rather continue 
to be a producer. Our national capacity to save has also been 
greatly increased. The Liberty loans have made millions of 
investors, who will continue to buy bonds. 

One of the most costly of industrial conditions is receiving 
for the first time adequate attention — labor turn-over. Industry 
as a_ result of its wartime experiences has come to appreciate 
the immense loss in training employees, only to lose them in 
a short period. This cost runs into hundred of millions during 
the year, and can be eliminated to a great extent. 

A better selection of personnel, improvement of conditions 
and particularly fitting the man to the job he likes best will 
cut this absolute loss in half. This, of course, requires a spe- 
cial employment division, but pays big dividends. 

Our gains as a result of our wartime experience will act to a 
great extent as an offset to our losses, and there will be little 
need for burdensome taxation. 



Howard E. Coffin, a member of the Aviation 
Commercial Commission and the Council of Defense, pre- 

Aviation. diets a frequent and dependable aerial mail 
service across the Atlantic within a period of 
two years. Mr. Coffin is a former automobile engineer of 
national repute and was drafted into the war early in 1917 and 
placed in the Aviation Engineering Section. He was to a 
large extent responsible for the Liberty Motor. 

His interview relative to the future of aviation has the dis- 
tinction of being the first news story ever carried across the 
Atlantic by aircruiser and was given in London in connection 
with the flight of the R-34. 

A great intercontinental air thoroughfare between North and 
South America is predicted within five years. Mr. Coffin even 
goes to the extent of predicting probable fares, which he bases 
at $700 to $1,000, and in probable routes. 

The R-34 is, of course, the first lighter than air machine to 
cross and despite atmospheric handicaps landed with little 
difficulty on this side in a continuous flight. 

Aviation circles are split on the question of type of machines ; 
as to whether the airplane or dirigible will be the type for long 
flights over water and Mr. Coffin inclines to the use of the 
airplane at first because of the much greater cost of the 
dirigible. 

Aviation has already reached a commercial basis and the 
time when aviation transportation is in general use is near. 



While many of us would view with distinct 
William's pleasure the meting out of a proper punishment 

Trial. to the former Kaiser, the English plan to try him 

in London contains the germ of many future 

troubles. There is no question but what William Hohenzollem 

richly deserves punishment, but the consequence of punishing 

him is an entirely different matter. 

William has already lived by posing and it will not be diffi- 
cult for him to arouse sentiment in Germany by again resort- 
ing to melodramatic. Already Hindenburg and the former 
Chancellor have asked that they be permitted trial instead of 
the former Emperor and undoubtedly many more of the old 
military establishment will come forward for the same purpose, 
that of arousing German sympathy for their former ruler. 

In Germany the fate of the ex-Kaiser is fast overshadowing 
all other questions, even that of ratifying the peace treaty. 
Agitation by the military element is keeping this question of 
William's fate constantly before the people and to many of 
them the Kaiser is still apparently an idol. 

Forty years of divine right rule cannot be eradicated in a 
day and it is entirely probable that any severe punishment 
imposed on William would inflame the Germans and possibly 
unite them in the old cause of militarism. 

William Hohenzo'.lern does not seem to enjoy his present 
situation and yet he would take a certain amount of pleasure 
in playing the role of martyr, and that, of course, is exactly 
the thing that would defeat the Allies' object. It might be far 
better to let William continue his present role of woodchopper. 



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July 12, 1919. 




The Dodge Tragedy. 

The tragic ending of her husband, Dr. Washington Dodge, 
has added another (perhaps the last) sensational chapter in a 
life not intended by the Fates to travel on the ball bearings of 
the commonplace. The greatest sympathy is felt for Mrs. 
Dodge, who has been the willy-nilly victim of so many spec- 
tacular episodes. 

Some fifteen years ago local society welcomed "Mrs. Brown 
of London.' 7 She was a fascinating widow, with warm, copper 
colored hair and an equally warm, copper colored, mezzo-so- 
prano voice, which she raised in song for a few of her favored 
friends. Her intimate friends were Frances Jolliffe and the 
other young art and literary folk who made social position a 
second issue and the squeezing of some interest out of life the 
paramount business. Mrs. Brown and Miss Jolliffe had known 
each other in Europe — in Paris and London — where they had 
been caught up in the same whirl of pleasures and interests. 
© © © 

One-Time Lady of Mystery. 

By one of those intangible plots which weave themselves 
around some personalities through no fault of the person, Mrs. 
Brown became a lady of mystery. She was doubtless entirely 
unconscious of the fact that people were poking around in her 
hinterland as though it were enveloped in impenetrable fog, 
whereas it was all as clear as day. It probably came about be- 
cause the society scribes in the open season and in the closed 
season always referred to her as "Mrs. Brown of London," and 
the lady herself thought it too unimportant to bother about. 
But, of course, somebody was bound to come along and play 
"London bridge is falling down" and try to bury the lady 
under the timbers. "London," indeed, they sniffed and end- 
less and bizirre were the environments they created instead 
for her. 

The society editors took up the scent. The gossip had all 
the earmarks of "good copy."' Perhaps it was true that she 
was really the daughter of a King by morganatic marriage, or 
the child of a New York musician of the noble lineage of 
organ grinders — for the stories ran the picturesque gamut of 
fiction with the lid off! There was no doubt that Mrs. Brown 
was supplied with plenty of worldly goods and that fact gave 
opportunity for weaving in a few high lights in the favored 
plot. 

© © 8 

Trail Leads to Synagogue. 

Of course when a good reporter was out on the trail it took 
him just an hour to clear away the tropical verdure and glori- 
fied underbrush. "Mrs. Brown of London" was formerly Miss 
Vidaver of San Francisco, daughter of one of the most highly 
respected and honored Jewish Rabbis in this community in the 
early days. 

It was very funny after all the exotic tales that had gone 
about, and it was in usual form that the lady herself should 
be the last to hear that there was any mystery about her 
forbears. She had gone to Europe as a very young girl to have 
her voice trained, had married a Frenchman and had settled 
down to the life of the wife of a French wife and mother, one 
daughter having been born of that union. Later she had mar- 
ried an Englishman of the ubiquitous name of Brown. 

© © © 
Fortune by French Father. 

Not long after the mystery about "Mrs. Brown of London" 
cleared away it was apparent to everyone that Dr. Washington 
Dodge was her favorite suitor and their marriage was consum- 
mated after a brief courtship, and her daughter. Vida, by the 
French marriage, took the name of Dodge. Just the other 
week Mrs. Dodge and her daughter returned from a hurried 
trip to Paris where they collected the fortune left to Vida Dodge 
by her French father. Mrs. Dodge was evidently worried 



about her husband's health at the time, for she insisted on 
daily cablegrams from him while she was in Paris, and when 
she returned and her friends asked her how she had spent her 
time over there she laughingly replied "waiting for cable mes- 
sages." 

© © © 
Dr. Dodge's Defense of Being Alive. 

Friends of Dr. Dodge are now recalling that after the Ti- 
tanic disaster he went about justifying his very existence by 
proclaiming that he was not afraid to die and that he could 
even take his own life if necessary. 

The men that went down with the Titanic were all heroes — 
although many of them were just the victims of happenstance. 
By the same logic the men who were saved were all cowards — 
although many of them were likewise just the victims of hap- 
penstance. But the public was in a mood for heroics and Dr. 
Dodge was too good a politician (another name for super- 
psychologist) not to recognize that he was in all wrong to be 
thoroughly alive! So he went about explaining that on the 
side of the ship where he happened to be there were very few 
people, everyone crowding to the other side, and after several 
sma'l boats had been lowered with all the women and children, 
he got into a half empty one. as it seemed a bit too Quixotic 
to go down unnecessarily with the ship. He not only explained 
the affair by the buttonhole method, but he read a paper be- 
fore the Commonwealth Club, which in essence was a defense 
of being alive. And not the meanest-minded man refused to 
believe his story of how he came to survive the wreck of the 
Titanic with his honor and the slogan "women and children 
first" intact. 

© © © 
Sympathy of Whole Community. 

Dr. Dodge's aged mother scarcely left his bedside during 
the days that he hovered between life and death, with death 
the final victor, and when the physicians remonstrated with 
her she put all their arguments to rout. She is a remarkable 
old lady, with the endurance of the old pioneer stock that 
makes the modern, nervous, semblance of virility seem febrile. 
She has made her home in later years with her daughter, Mrs. 
Nicholl. the mother of Mrs. Robert Smith and Mrs. Neilson. 
and counts among her friends all the pioneer women from one 
end of California to the other, who have warmed their spirit 
at one time or another in the indomitable fire of her ageless 
enthusiasm, to say nothing of the host of young people who 
know and love her and mourn with her for the tragedy of her 
son't death. 

© © © 
Mrs. Harvey Not in New York. 

According to authentic newspaper reports, Mrs. Downey 
Harvey has gone to New York to visit her daughter, Mrs. 
Oscar Copper. Nothing can dull the edge of verification pro- 



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vided one has an "out," and in this case it might have been 
intended to convey the idea that Mrs. Harvey's "aura" had 
been transplanted to the astral spirit which the Coopers had 
left behind in New York! Only a materialist would quarrel 
with such intention. But if anything besides the manifesta- 
tions of the spirit was intended then there is plenty of evidence, 
and not of a circumstantial sort, to refute that bit of news. For 
Mrs. Harvey is right here in San Francisco, with every inten- 
tion of remaining here some time, and her daughter has joined 
her and will divide the time between Mrs. Eleanor Martin's 
home, the Cooper ranch in Mendocino County, and friends in 
Burlingame. 

© © © 

Worried "Cellar" Expression. 

Already there has been a noticeable tightening of corks. 
People who stocked up against the thirst of a lifetime have 
found that they miscalculated the ratio of thirst to the speeding 
seconds and that unless they slackened consumption the stock 
intended to span a lifetime would not bridge a decade. This 
fact has registered so hard with some people that they are be- 
ginning to wear a worried "cellar" expression, just as in the 



trails through the forest for a distance of three or four miles. 
The finish will be at the hidden Indian Village just back of the 
grove of ancient cypress trees. The course, as mapped out, is 
one of the most picturesque ever enjoyed by the society fol- 
lowers of the horse. 

As an appropriate conclusion of the fashionable event a bar- 
becue will be served at the Indian Village. The race will be 
started at 5 o'clock on the afternoon of July 12th, which will 
make the finish of the event somewhere round dusk. From the 
Indian Village the participants in the paper chase, will have a 
wonderful view of the Pacific Ocean with the sun sinking in the 
West. 

Eric Pedley, the sensational young polo player, will lead the 
way and set the pace during the chase. Among those who have 
signified their desire to participate are: Mr. and Mrs. Chris- 
tian de Guigne, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Hussey, Mitchell Hall 
of New York City, Mrs. Jane Selby Hayne, Mr. and Mrs. Fel- 
ton Elkins, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Drury, Miss Ysabel Chase, Miss 
Arabella Schwerin, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Pool, Harry Hunt, 
Archie Johnson, Dick Schwerin and a number of others who 
will be visiting Del Monte at that time. 




A Bit of California Scenery. 



early days the tyro on the wheel wore the "bicycle face" or 
the motor beginner had the "automobile look." 

The other night at a dinner party in Burlingame the host in 
an expansive moment suggested that they open up some special 
wine. "Nothing doing," sharply commanded his wife, "we're 
going to serve that champagne at our daughter's wedding." 

Daughter is now three years old. 

Some wait. Even those believers in early marriages will 
find the time long. 

© © • 
Del Monte Society in Paper Chase. 

Heralding a series of paper chases which always provide 
excitement and recreation for the fashionable society leaders, 
will be an event over the Del Monte Forest trails on Saturday. 
July 12th. Gayly dressed women and men in their hunt's cos- 
tume will be in the saddle in the chase over the hills. 

The course will start in front of the Del Monte Lodge on the 
shores of Carmel Bay at Pebble Beach and will extend over the 



TOURIST TRADE IN JAPAN 
Japan receives from visitors to her shores a sum exceeding 
the value of her exports of coal. 

The Mikado's Empire is estimated to have received more 
than 30,000,000 yen from the influx of foreigners in 1918, or 
$2,000,000 more than the total exports of coal made by Japan. 
Japanese coal dominates the fuel situation in this part of the 
world. 

The disorders in Russia have sent visitors of this nationality 
up from approximately 2,000 a year to over 8.000 in 1918. 
Those of British nationality have remained at an average figure 
of 3,000 a year, their movement not being appreciably affected 
by the great war so far as volume is concerned. The Dutch 
have increased decidedly, now numbering approximately 500. 
The French have doubled their number. French subjects to the 
extent of 600 passing through Japan in 1918. The restraints 
resulting from the war have been most pronounced in the case 
of United States citizens. 



San Francisco News Letter 



July 12, 1919. 




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"CBEY NO VffiNDfBUTPLEAAJRE,/'" 
- Ton KOOKE-r 




77ie "Walk-Offs" a Big Hit at Alcazar. 

San Francisco can now witness the latest and great success 
of the clever pair, Fannie and Frederick Hatton, who penned 
"Upstairs and Down" and "Lombardi Ltd.," two of the most 
laughable comedies of the recent seasons. The title, "The 
Walk-Offs," is carefully explained in the play by Henry 
Shumer. It dates back to the days of Adam and Eve, when 
Eve became bored with Adam and asked the Creator for other 
companions. Her wish was granted, but when the clay models 
had been made and left to dry in the sun, they dried quickly 
and became tired of waiting, so, sans the finishing touches, 
chiefly sans any brains or whatever you wish to call what we 
understand by "gray matter," they walked off. And this is 
the breed of humans who acount for the high life and frivolity 
in the world today. 

If this explanation should fail to interest one sufficiently 
then the following highlights on the play may help. The first 
setting is that of a studio, where a fascinating young Russian 
model holds sway. Jean Oliver in this role is quite the hit of 



wish. Miss Rosamond Joyzelle, who is new on the Alcazar cast 
this week, plays the part of the sculptress, and Mitchell In- 
graham is amusing as Ah Foo, the Chinese butler. 

The third act is the scene of a costume party given on the 
roof garden, and the interest of this act pivots around the un- 
veiling of a statue. The setting for this act is elaborate. The 
audience throughout the entire play are in bursts of laughter. 
The dialogues are good, and the players particularly well cast 
in their parts. The management undoubtedly will arrange that 
those who fail to get to the Alcazar this week will find "The 

Walk-Offs" still on the boards next week. 
* * * 

Orpheum Bill Runs to the Egyptian. 

The fascinations of old Egypt have "got them," in the 

language of the street urchin, this week at the Orpheum. Even 

the uniformed stage hands exit with their hands and elbows 

on the horizontal, so to speak. There is "An Egyptian Frolic" 

staged by the popular Percy Bronson and Winnifred Baldwin, 

Miss Nellie Nichols in an Egyptian song, among other things, 




Taylor Granville and Laura Pierpont, next week at the Orpheum in "An American Ace.'' 



the play performance. Gathered here we see others who fre- 
quent the ways of Bohemia, including a dashing divorcee and 
her sister-in-law, with ideas of her own, and a will to carry 
them out. Belle Bennett plays this latter part and she has 
never excelled in the many roles she has assumed since she 
has headed the Alcazar company. Emily Pinter is the young 
divorcee, who finally consents to see things in the same light 
with her husband. 

Walter Richardson plays the bold young Kentuckian, who 
tames the pretty heroine by "cave-man" methods. She, the 
heroine, has posed as a stenographer and gone to work for 
him, and after he has fallen madly in love she tells him of the 
"game" she has played on him in a spirit of malice. Nothing 
daunted in his affections or zeal to win her, he handles things 
with a high hand and in the end the young lady capitulates. 
Henry Shumer as the negro valet is as amusing as one would 
expect, and Thomas Chatterton plays 'the rich New Yorker in 
as "villainous" a way as the most melodramatic-minded could 



and an Egyptian mummy makes its appearance in the midst of 
Frank Dobson's thirteen sirens. The only thing lacking with 
a flavor of the Nile on O'Farrell Street this week is the Nile 
itself. 

Percy Bronson and Winnifred Baldwin seem to be the fa- 
vorites on the new bill. Bronson is not doing the inebriated 
song he did on his last appearance here, but has some new 
songs and jokes. Miss Baldwin is very pretty in her Egyptian 
raiments, and wears two other attractive, if abbreviated, cos- 
tumes. She is a graceful dancer, and the one dancing number 
they do is, at least, one too few. Nellie Nichols' offering is 
certainly varied, a bit of song and dance, jazz. Italian comedy, 
and performances on the piano and guitar. She is a clever 
young woman who makes capital of her large dark eyes, and 
whose stage appearance suggests a pleasing personality. 

Dave Ferguson and Co., in "The Rounder of Old Broadway," 
has brought a setting showing the gay white way that is so 
good it makes not a few homesick for a sight of little old New 



July 12, 1919. 



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York. Mr. Ferguson plays the rounder and as he sings about 
the types a rounder meets on Broadway, personations of these 
types appear. Neil Barrett, who plays the dope fiend and 
broken-down actor, is particularly good in the latter part. He 
does a passage from Shakespeare in syncopated time, which 
was amusing enough for the lady next to me to remark that 
perhaps the present generation may yet be made to admire 
Shakespeare. Winifred Lambert, as "Weeping Susie," the 
girl pickpocket, and William Cale, the Irish cop, add their 
share to the entertainment. 

Espe and Dutton put on a good acrobatic act. with bits of 
comedy well sandwiched in between their weightier stunts. 
The smaller of the two has evidently a cast-iron back, judging 
by the way he catches heavy cannon fodder on it, while his 
partner has broad shoulders and a set of muscles that can take 
on anything without apparently discommoding him in the least. 

Frank Dobson and his thirteen sirens head the holdovers 

from last week, and prohibition certainly has not caused that 

agile person to lose a bit of his pep. He is one of those few 

people who are naturally funny and don't have to work at it to 

be so. Emile and John Nathan's tumbling act is so well done 

that it is not hard to watch a second time, which in all truth 

can not be said of "June Time," as presented by Lew Williams 

and Ada Mitchell. 

* * * 

"The Merrie Month of May" Continues at the Columbia. 

Theatredom has been re-echoing with the praises of the 
charms of Ruth Chatterton the last few weeks since her initial 
appearance here with Henry Miller in "The Marriage of Con- 
venience." In this, her second week of starring in "The 
Merrie Month of May," the theatre-loving public have found 
time to note that there are other features of the production 
worthy of comment, but never for a moment to the negligence 
of the quiet force and charming personality of Miss Chatterton 
in this play. 

For one thing, the characterization of the ranchman lover, 
as played by James Rennie, is as interesting a bit of acting 
as has been our pleasure to see for some time. Hailing from 
an Arizona ranch and hiding a decoration for bravery won in 
the Aviation Corps under some new and sufficiently, but not 
too ill-fitting "cits," he stops over in Washington to see 
the little sweetheart of his ranching days. She has budded into 
a society debutante and is in the throes of making a decision 
in favor of one of her numerous suitors. With nothing nearer 
any of the usual wild western stuff than an occasional "Ma- 
am," and via the Pullman instead of the chaps and bucking 
broncho route, the boy from the ranges carries the girl back to 
the Arizona ranch and to the amusing discomfort of her politi- 
cal, "society" and other uniformed suitors. Mr. Rennie is par- 
ticularly expressive in his postures and entrances and exits, 
and his acting is unusually subtle and interesting. 

The one setting used throughout the play, that of a living 
room in an old-fashioned Washington home, is, in the opinion 
of interior decorators and other home-lovers who know, the 
last word in all it should be, from the wallpaper and dark hang- 
ings to the one large picture that blends in so beautifully with 
both. As interesting to the feminine mind are Miss Chat- 
terton's gowns, and probably her bridesmaid costume in the 
first act has done much to change the plans of some few pros- 
pective brides from the simplicity of "the little church around 
the corner" to a wedding with all the trimmings. Miss Chatter- 
ton departs at the end of this week for New York and London, 
but San Francisco promises her as hearty a reception on her 
next visit, and may it be soon, as she has earned in these two 
delightful comedies. 

* * * 

Alcazar — "Polly With a Past" is one of David Belasco's most 
cherished properties and its touring value is still undiminished, 
but as a special dispensation, in which brotherly regard is 
doubtless a strong factor, he has consented to its presentation 
by the admirable New Alcazar Company, commencing next 
Sunday afternoon. This wizard of stagecraft is keenly respon- 
sive to Alcazar aim, purpose and achievement and loses no op- 
portunity to manifest it in a practical way. His special re- 
lease of "Polly With a Past," which took Ina Claire out of the 
Ziegfield Follies into commanding prominence among Ameri- 
can comediennes, during its phenomenal run of two solid 
seasons at his own New York theatre, is significant of Belasco's 



faith in Alcazar class and quality. There is no more delight- 
ful comedy on the stage than this piquant, witty and amusing 
romance of the self-reliant, well-poised American girl of East 
Gilead, Ohio, who merrily masquerades as a demure maid in 
the apartment of a trio of reckless young New York bachelors 
and shocks a fashionable seaside resort by pretending to be a 
vampiric French adventuress of hectic hue. It is a rare part 
for Belle Bennett, who is showing amazing development and 
winning great popularity. There are splendid opportunities 
for Walter Richardson, Thomas Chatterton, Vaughan Morgan, 
Rafael Brunetto, Henry Shumer, Al Cunningham, Jean Oliver! 
Edna Shaw, Emily Pinter and other favorites. The special 
appearance of Emelie Melville, in one of her exquisite grand 
dame characterizations, will be an added delight. To follow 
comes Bayard Veiller's tremendous emotional drama, "Within 
the Law," which has never been acted before at the Alcazar. 
It could not be more timely than just now — and it has already 
earned a million dollars for its producers. 

Orpheum — The Orpheum bill for next week will shatter all 
vaudeville records. Taylor Granville and Laura Pierpont, 
two of the most gifted and popular legitimate stars appearing 




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July 12, 1919. 



in vaudeville, will head the new show in the big patriotic melo- 
drama, "An American Ace," which has been adapted for 
vaudeville by Mr. Granville from Lincoln J. Carter's four act 
play. The American Ace has proved the greatest sensation of 
the past vaudeville season in the East, where the critics were 
unanimous in declaring it the most perfect, pretentious and 
absorbingly interesting drama ever witnessed in vaudeville 
and one which makes an appeal no loyal American can resist. 
Eddie Janis and Rene Chap'.ow will introduce their new oddity, 
"Music Hath Charms." Mr. Janis argues for the classical and 
Miss Chaplow for rag. and both demonstrate their work. Mr. 
Janis with a violin is a positively musical treat, and Miss Chap- 
low is a capital delineator of character types. Clever and de- 
lightful are her song impersonations of movie stars. Harry 
Hines, a San Francisco boy, who some years ago left this city 
to try his fortune in the East, returns home bringing with him 
the reputation of being one of the funniest, cleverest and most 
amusing monologists in vaudeville. The Three Jahns are ex- 
pert equilibrists, who bring to this country a splendid reputa- 
tion gained in the European Music Halls for sensational, dar- 
ing, novelty and ability. Dave Ferguson and Company in "The 
Rounder of Old Broadway"; Espe and Dutton; Percy Bronson 
and Winnie Baldwin in "An Egyptian Frolic"; Nellie V. Nich- 
ols and the Hearst Weekly Motion Pictures will be the other 
acts. 

* * * 

Fairmont Hotel — Rainbow Lane in the Fairmont Hotel is 
proud in the possession of Pearl Loweree. announced on the 
program as the "American Chanteuse," a San Francisco girl, 
who is bound to create a sensation in wider fields. The man 
who wrote "Chemically Pure Los Angeles'" saw her the other 
night and was moved to write over a column about her, in the 
course of which he said : 

"Pearl is far from being a Jazz-girl of the quotidion fry. She 
is a Jazz-girl de luxe — a super- Jazz-girl. And yet there is 
nothing sophisticated about her. She is supremely natural, 
like a happy, rollicking girl, unaware that she is being watched. 
She projects the very spirit of radiant and unconscious youth, 
and in her every movement there is a primitive abandon which 
belongs to an older and freer and mere innocent age. Further- 
more, nothing seems to have been omitted from her equipment. 
She has youth, beauty, vitality, a good voice, blonde hair, 
green eyes, high insteps, a benumbing smile and what dra- 
matic critics term 'personality,' Without this so-called 'per- 
sonality' beauty becomes a hissing and a mocking and singing 
sound like a larynx in distress." 

Pearl has an able partner in Henry Busse, who, according 
to the same writer, "seduces the cornet; he woos it and whee- 
dles it; he astounds and staggers it; he thrills and inflames it; 
he attacks it and overcomes it." These entertainers, along with 
Vanda Hoff, in her nature dances, and other clever people, 
make Rainbow Lane a delightful place to spend the evening, 
and tables for the dinner de luxe are in demand every night 
except Sunday. Director Rudy Seiger announces Senora 
Luisa Silva, a grand operatic contralto, as the soloist of this 
Sunday evening's Lobby Concert, when his orchestra will 
present a peculiarly pleasing program of popular and classical 
selections. 



y. M. C. A. TO TRAIN SONG LEADERS. 

Free classes to train men and women of all walks of life to 
become song leaders in churches, schools and various organiza- 
tions will be opened at the San Francisco Y. M. C. A. at 220 
Golden Gate Avenue on Tuesday, July 15. Instruction will be 
in charge of Robert E. Clark, music director of the Interna- 
tional Committee of the Y. M. C. A., who has come to San 
Francisco to launch a movement of neighborhood singing such 
as he has started successfully in New York and other large 
Eastern cities. Clark is the man who introduced marching 
songs and company singing in the army. The class will meet 
Tuesday and Friday evenings in the Y. M. C. A. Building at 
220 Golden Gate Avenue, and will continue until August 8. The 
class is open to all men and women who are interested in the 
work. Besides training those who will assist him in his neigh- 
borhood singing movement, he will train men and women of 
churches, schools, clubs and other bodies who are desirous of 
introducing or leading mass singing in their organizations. 



THE FILE EATERS 

A file there was, and it made its way 
From the Credit Department one sunny day. 
We had sent for it — you and I. 

That file was new to the game just then 
It thought it would soon be home again — 
But it didn't know New Business men 
As we do — you and I. 

It wandered far and it wandered wide; 

(There is many a place for a file to hide 

When it makes up its mind to roam) 

Till it came to the place where the File Eaters dwell ; 

What becomes of their files they never will tell — 

But they never again reach home. 

Oh the years we spend, and the tears we spend 
And the work of brain and hand! 
While the file lies there in the dark desk drawer 
Where many a file has lain before — 
Forgotten and unscanned. 

And the men who want files may rave and shout — 
When we ask for "that" file, they will say "charged out," 
But we know its fate beyond a doubt, 
And we mourn for it — you and I. 

— By Miss M. M. Martin. 



LAW COURSES ANNOUNCED. 
Two summer courses in law have been announced by J. E. 
White, acting Dean of the Law College of the San Francisco 
Young Men's Christian Association. One of these courses, 
devoted to Constitutional Law, will open July 21 with twelve 
lectures on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. The 
other course, in which Hiram Casey will be instructor, will be 
devoted to the subect of "Agency" and will start on the even- 
ing of July 30 with lectures on Wednesday and Friday evenings 
for four weeks. All of the classes will meet in the Y. M. C. A. 
Building at 220 Golden Gate Avenue. Announcement is made 
that the course is required for those contemplating graduation 
from the Law School. 



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SEA SONG. 

Life, how much more 

Shall thy tides compel me 

From the calm shore? 

Down the far ways of the winds, 

And the deeps, impel me? 

I hear thy song 

Not as the landsmen sing it! 

Mine be the long 

Roll of sea-drums, and the trump 

As the thunders ring it. 

Tone me deep bells, 

Bells of surges breaking: 

Where the storm swells 

Toll my earth-sleep in the chimes 

Of a spirit waking. 

Nay! buried deep 

On my coral pillows, 

I shall not sleep — 

Crooning my dirge through the boom 

Of the cool green billows. 

— Constance Lindsay Skinner. 



ON FARNHAM ROAD. 

The level fields by Farnham Road are murmurous with trees; 

I hear the gray horse stamp a hoof and snuffle in the bin ; 
The birches gleam like silver rods all tremulous with leaves; 
The little airs that come and go are very pale and thin 
Upon the path to Farnham Town, 
The russet path to Farnham Town ; 
For autumn's in the shadows and the night is flowing in. 

Deep in the hush of drowsy trees beside the sleeping hill, 

The cuckoo taps a beak of gold upon a mellow gong; 
And downward, where the hedgerows are very dim and still. 
The little road to Farnham Town is lilting like a song. 
The merry path to Farnham Town, 
The gay young path to Farnham Town, 
Hurrying like a laughing child to tug the shoes along. 

And I can see the candle-gleamed beyond the dreaming spire. 

Putting its rosy fingers out from many a window-blind; 
And in my heart I find the cheer of many a cottage fire, 

Striding along the Farnham path with darkness close behind ; 
The pratting path to Farnham Town. 
Winding adown to Farnham Town. 
Echoing little laughters through the mazes of the mind. 

Strong from the corners of the world we ride the driving reel 

And wide-eyed greet the stranger roads in places oversea ; 
But the pretty path to Farnham Town is soft against the heel. 
And the pretty path to Farnham Town is very dear to me; 
The path that trips to Farnham Town, 
Dancing adown to Farnham Town, 
To the music of the wheat-field and the murmur of the tree. 

Oh, sweet the wailing white seaways that seek the shores 
of home, 
And land the granite roads of Trade with many a noisy cart! 
Yet I shall hear the Farnham path wherever I may roam. 
Above the tumult of the wave, the teeming of the mart; 
The dear wee path to Farnham Town. 
Singing adown to Farnham Town. 
The gentle path to Farnham Town that winds about the heart ! 

— Bo\ce Bon-den. 



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The Pacific Gas and Electric Company's engineers are again 
at work on the dam at Lake Spaulding, one of the company's 
reservoirs above Emigrant Gap, near the summit of the Sierra 
Nevada. The work now in process will add fifteen feet to this 
famous 260-foot concrete structure which backs up the waters 
of the South Yuba and insures electric power and water for the 
farms of the Sacramento Valley during the arid season. 

The raising of the water level of Lake Spaulding naturally 
has the_ effect of altering the landscape around it, and in this 
connection it will be necessary to increase the size of four 
smaller dams that fill gaps in the earth's surface at the lake 
side where there would be a generous escape of water were it 
not for these protecting structures. Work on these smaller dams 
is not so easy as on the big dam, for the reason that the mate- 
rials have to be carried across the lake on barges in place of 
being right at hand. However, it is expected that before the 
first winter snows come upon the scene the construction work 
will have been completed, and a new Lake Spaulding placed at 
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San Francisco News Letter 



July 12, 1919. 



THE SOUL OF RAMIREZ 



By Maud Heathe 



I MET Donald Ramirez twenty years ago. He was then a 
man of about sixty, but appeared much older. He was, as 
his name indicated, of Scotch and Spanish parentage. Tall 
and thin, almost cadaverous looking, his shoulders bent and 
walking feebly, he produced an impression of extreme age 
until one observed his eyes. They were keen and black and 
habitually fierce in expression, giving one the notion that they 
never closed, and that nothing escaped them. For the rest, he 
was a quiet old man, reticent in manner, and with few friends 
His Scotch ancestry showed plainly in his high cheek bones 
and straight, inflexible mouth, and his intense Spanish eyes, 
his only visible heritage from his father, seemed an anomaly 
in so ascetic a face. 

He apparently took a fancy to me and gradually grew to 
spend nearly every afternoon in the hot. stuffy telegraph 
office, where I was day operator. His was the only decent 
house in the place — a small town on the edge of the Mojave 
desert. It was built in the Spanish style around a court, 
with many shade trees about, and the thick adobe walls 
absorbed even the fiercest heat of summer, so that the rooms 
were always almost cool. Many a night I've sat with the old 
man until midnight, smoking his fragrant cigars and listening 
to his peculiar views of life and death. I was only a boy of 
twenty-one then, just out from the East, and so homesick for 
the old New England farm and so disgusted with the ever- 
lasting heat and the shiftless half-breeds that I would have 
gone back to God's country if it had not been for Ramirez' 
level-headed advice. 

I did not hear the old man's history until I had known him 
nearly a year, and then he told it to me himself — not in detail, 
but by fragments that were easily filled in. It seems that he 
had married, when he was about forty, a young half-Mexican 
girl, who died in giving birth to a daughter. Ramirez had a 
nurse for the child, and when it was older, a governess, so 
that she was practically never out of his sight until she was 
sixteen. He literally idolized her. He showed me her picture 
once. She was a beautiful girl, a little like her father, but 
with a passionate mouth and eyes and a slightly weak chin. 

Well, when she was sixteen, she ran away with a professional 
gambler — Jim Avery was his name — who had been hanging 
about the town for a few months. Where or how she managed 
to meet him her father never knew. She left a pathetic little 
note, saying that it broke her heart to leave him, but she 
could not live without Jim, and would papa forgive them? 

Ramirez made no effort to find them; he merely shut him- 
self up in the lonely house with his old Mexican housekeeper 
and waited. After two years he received a message that 
Dolores was dead, with her baby son, who had breathed but 
once. He replied by telegraph, asking to have the bodies sent 
home. They were buried behind the house under a tree where 
Dolores had played as a child. Her father learned in some 
way that Avery had not only neglected his wife after he tired 
of her, but had been cruel to her. 

When he had finished the story, which was told in snatche I 
between long sentences, he said : "Some day Avery will come 
back here. Then I will kill him.'' 

He said it quietly, as if he had said, "I shall go to town," 
but there was on his face a look of settled vindictive hate 
that I never saw on any other human countenance. 

Ramirez had some of the most extraordinary ideas I ever 
heard expressed. They were new to me then, and made a 
great impression upon me. One belief that he held and acted 
on was a sort of fatalism. If an experience, good or evil, be- 
longed to a man, he said, it would find him, though he strove 
to escape it, and would come no sooner for all his efforts to 
attain it. As an illustration he pointed out to me, when my 
attacks of homesickness were most violent, that if I was to go 
back to the East, nothing could prevent me. If I were not to go, 



all my fretting and striving would have absolutely no effect. 

He at least inoculated me with his Oriental fatalism, and I 
understood without being told in words why he made no ap- 
parent effort to avenge the death of his child, who had been 
the apple of his eye. His seemingly passive indifference was 
in reality a fierce concentration, that he believed would inevit- 
ably draw, in time, his enemy within his reach. Secure in this 
belief, he could afford to wait, patiently as a spider in his web 
v/aits for the fly that is fated to entangle itself in the meshes 
he had prepared for it. 

One of his theories, however, was so fantastic that I think 
it was a mania. He expatiated upon it at great length. It was 
to the effect that each person's soul or spirit — the indestructible 
ego — was materialized at death in the form of a bird or 
animal. He said that psychics could see them as they left the 
body, and at times while the person was still alive. As 
nearly as I can recall it, he believed that all good people pos- 
sessed souls with wings. Very saintly women and young 
girls' souls took the form of white doves; those of strong- 
willed right-living men were eagles; and some frail, but well- 
intentioned people had souls that appeared as humming birds, 
or even butterflies. 

Persons not altogether good, but in whom good predominated, 
took psychic form as birds of ill-repute, such as hawks and 
vultures. But whatever winged nature was demonstrated, they 
flew away at death to a higher state of existence where they 
entered immortal bodies and developed on an advanced plane. 

Evil people, in whom there was no good developed, had 
sou'.s which materialized as animals or reptiles, which were 
unable to leave the earth, but were doomed to exist in their 
animal form until they found a body either owning no spirit, 
or with one weak enough to be deposed. They then took pos- 
session of it and lived another earth life, possibly acquiring 
enough virtue to attain a winged soul, or sinking to lower depths 
of depravity. By these evil souls, Ramirez said, all the crime 
and sin of the world was conceived and accomplished. Persons 
who were habitually deceitful and treacherous materialized 
souls in the forms of snakes; cruel, heartless natures were 
symbolized as tigers, and sensual gluttonous people appeared 
as swine. He would often amuse himself and me by the hour 
theorizing as to the soul appearance of well-known living men 
or historical characters. 

It was a gruesome belief, and I remember thinking that I 
must be a hopeless case, for the only way that I could imagine 
my soul would appear if suddenly liberated, was as the most 
homesick little fox-terrier ever seen, who would start out for 
New England at a record gait. 

Our friendship continued for two years or more, and I had 
grown very fond of the old recluse, when one morning his 
housekeeper, Theresa, came runing down to the office in a 
panic of terror. She had found Ramirez dead in his bed, and 
had seen something fearful and supernatural that she could 
not describe. Her story was so mixed with prayers to the 
saints and muttered exorcisms that I could not make head nor 
tail of it. but I went up to the house and found the poor old 
man dead, as she had said. He looked peaceful, as most dead 
do, and as if asleep. 




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and California Advertiser 



13 



The arrangements for the funeral were hurried through, as 
they must be in such a climate, and he was to be buried beside 
Dolores and the baby, as I knew he would have directed. That 
night half a dozen of us sat up with the body. None of the 
others had known him very well and they smoked and talked 
cheerfully. Along toward dawn I suddenly caught sight of a 
tarantula in the corner of the room. I had always been afraid 
of the villainous-looking creatures, and got up to find a stick 
to kill it, but as I moved it disappeared, and I concluded that 
my nerves were a trifle over-strained and consequently I was 
beginning to imagine things. 

After the funeral the next day I looked over Ramirez' 
papers, and found a will properly drawn up, disposing of all 
his property, most of which went to distant relatives. Several 
books on occult subjects were left to me, and the last paragraph 
of the will read: "To Jim Avery I devise and bequeath my 
undying unrelenting hatred. When he returns, whether I am in 
the body or out of it, I shall kill him." 

I supposed his trouble had affected the poor old fellow's 
brain, but there was no one to dispute the will, and the estate 
was easily settled up. The man to whom the house was left 
came down to look it over, but did not try to rent it, so it re- 
mained locked and empty, and gradually acquired the melan- 
choly air of abandoned houses. 

Matters remained in this state for three years. I had settled 
down into harness and had almost given up praying for trans- 
fer. Ramirez' memory was already growing dim, when one 
afternoon, as the Los Angeles express slowed down at the 
station, Jim Avery stepped off the rear car and shook hands 
with the loafers standing about, as if he had been absent but a 
month. 

He v/as a small fair man, with crafty cold blue eyes, and 
might have been any age from thirty to forty-five. He had the 
typical story-book gambler's hands, soft and white, and wore a 
large diamond ring. 

He was, I think, the coolest, most self-controlled man I've 
ever seen. In the two weeks he stayed in town, I never saw 
him display the slightest emotion of any sort. In poker games, 
where several thousand dollars changed hands during the 
evening, he did not betray by the flicker of an eyelash any 
especial interest in the outcome. And he seemed utterly im- 
pervious to fear. One night he got into a row with a Mexican 
card sharper. The man pulled a knife and Avery caught his 
wrist with a clever twist that made the Greaser drop the knife 
and howl with pain. Jim gave the weapon a kick and sat 
down to deal the next hand without a change of color. 

Finally, one night, about two weeks after his arrival, there 
had been a big game running all the evening. They had 
played until after midnight, and Avery had pretty well cleaned 
out the crowd. As the men started up to the bar for a "night 
cap" one of them said to Avery: "Say Jim, I'll shake you to 
see whether I treat the bunch or you go alone to old Ramirez' 
grave." 

It was a bluff, but Avery took it all right and picked up the 
dice box. 

"High wins, one shake," and he rolled out the dice. "No 
pair. Never mind shaking, Bill, you can't get anything worse 
than that. Where is the old chap's grave?" 

He started off, as nervy as ever, instructed to bring back 
some devil weed that grew on Ramirez' grave, and nowhere 
else in the vicinity. A few of us loitered towards home, but 
paused to watch Jim hurrying along the white road. There 
was a full moon that night, and every cactus and rock showed 
up as plain as by daylight. 

Avery disappeared among the trees, and we went on a few 
rods, when we heard the most blood-curdling, hair-raising 
scream. We turned and ran for the house, and the screaming 
continued. It was as if a man was being tortured to death by 
fear. It did not sound like pain, but like the unreasoning, mad 
terror of nightmare. It seemed miles that we ran before we 
came to the graves. Avery was lying prostrate between the 
two mounds. His eyes were staring and his face vivid with 
fear. Clinging to his throat was the most frightful-looking 
tarantula I ever saw. It was enormous in size, and its eyes 
gleamed in the moonlight with a demoniac glitter. Its hairy 
legs were gathered up, as if ready to spring, but the man had 



evidently made no effort to throw it off. He had apparently 
stooped to gather the devil weed, which he still held in his 
hand, when the tarantula had bitten him on the wrist, already 
swelling. 

As soon as we could collect our senses, we lifted him up and 
carried him back to the saloon. As we touched him the taran- 
tula disappeared. I'd swear it did not jump nor crawl. It 
simply vanished. 

There was no doctor within ten miles, but we did all we 
could think of — poured whisky into him as long as he could 
swallow, but it did no good. And all the time he kept up that 
awful screaming, as if in abject terror. 

Talk about the next world! I never want to see anyone 
else suffer as that poor wretch did, no matter what he's done. 
For six mortal hours we watched him through all the stages of 
agony that precede death by tarantula poison. His whole 
body swelled and turned black. He went from one convulsion, 
that racked his frame like the inquisitor's wheel, to another. 
As long as he could make a sound, he called frantically for 
Dolores, mingled with Spanish words that I could not under- 
stand. Toward the end he grew blind and delirious, begging 
for water that he could not drink when we gave it to him. 

It was seven o'clock when the last convulsion tore him, and 
merciful death that had delayed so long received him. W e 
straightened his body out on the billiard table, and I went to 
my room for a sheet to cover it. When I came back the same 
tarantula was crouching on Jim's chest. I called the boys, and 
they saw it also, but as we approached the body it disappeared. 

I do not vouch for the truth of Ramirez' theory of soul ma- 
terialization. There are the facts. He fully believed that 
Avery would return and that he would kill him. Avery did 
return. Through an apparent accident he was induced to visit 
Ramirez' grave, where the tarantula bit him. He died a horri- 
ble tourture. Could it have been indeed the soul of the old 
Spaniard, implacable and relentless, waiting patiently for 
years, as the man had waited, for his revenge? 



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SocidlfeoniifeitV: 



ENGAGEMENTS. 

CAMPBELL-WILFARD. — The engagement is announced of Miss Jeaffl 
Campbell and Catlin Wolfard of Portland. 

T'AVIS-SEELECK. — Mr. and Mrs. William Davis announce the engage- 
ment of their daughter. Louise, to Morey Seeleck. 

FLEISCHMAN-ROSENFELP.— Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Fleischman haw 
announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Genevieve 1 
Fleischman, to Julius Rosenfeld, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Rosenfela" 
of this city. 

GARIBALDI-TORETTA.— Miss Hazel Jane Garibaldi has announced hffl 
engagement to Mr. Edward P. Toretta. 

KEES1NG-LOHMEYER. — The engagement of Miss Grace Keeslngj 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Keesing, and Edward "W. Lohmeyer 
was announced at a dinner party given by Mr. and Mrs. Keesing 
recently. 

ROBINSGN-SUGARMAN. — Mrs. L. May announces the engagement of her 
niece. Miss Bernice Robinson, to Edward Sugarman of Guatemala. 

REQUA-RUS'SELL. — The engagement has been announced of Miss Amy 
Requa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark L. Requa of Piedmont and 
John Henry Russell, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Russell of Los Angeles. 

STE1NER-ZEIGLER. — The engagement was announced this week of Miss 
Macie Josephine Steiner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Stein er, 
to Mr. Sam L. Zeigler, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. Zeigler of St. Pauli 
Minn. 

ZANIT-DEIBERT. — The engagement of Miss Mary Evelyn Zane, daughi 
ter of Mrs. A. V. Zane. and the late Rear Admiral Zane, to Lieu- 
tenant Arthur H. Deibert is announced from Washington. D, C. 

WEDDINGS. 

EAST-TRANCH~ERON. — Miss Emelia East and Lieutenant Jean Tranch- 
eron of the French Air Service will he married on Saturday morning, 
July 12. at the French Church on Bush Street. 

FOX-TOUNGBLOOD. — Miss Janet Fox, of Burlingame, and Paul W. 
Youngblood. of Los Angeles, were married at Burlingame on July 6th, 

NELSOX-SIEBS. — Miss Edna N. Nelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James 
Nelson of Alameda, was married on Wednesday evening, June 26th, 
at the home of her parents, to Harold W. Siebs, son of Mrs. hit Sieb| 
of Alameda. 

OTTENBERG-PACKER.— The marriage of Miss Ruth Ottenberg, daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ottenberg, formerly of Baltimore, to Beffi 
jamin L. Packer of this city is announced. 

SANTER-BADDLEY. — Mrs. Theresa C. Santer announced the marriage 
of her daughter. Miss Clara Barbara Santer to George C. Baddley. 

STENAT- CLARK. — The marriage of Miss Verbina Stenat of this city and 
Frederick B. Clark of Yuba City is announced. The ceremony took 
place in this city a few days ago. 

\VHiTAKER-TROLO'WTTZ.— Miss Violet Whi taker and E. Trolowltz wen 
married on Saturday, July 5th. 

TEAS. 
GORGAS. — In compliment to Miss Martha Sutton, whose engagement to 

Felix Smith was recently announced. Miss Gorgas entertained at a 

tea Thursday afternoon. 
KIUIARIF. — Miss Lorna Kilgarif presided over a tea at her home In Mill 

Valley when a group of the younger set assembled to greet Miss Car* 

roli Cambron, who returned recently from Vassar, 

LUNCHEONS. 

DONOHOE. — The Misses Katherine. Mary and Barbara Donohoe enter- 
tained several score of their friends at luncheon at their home down 
the peninsula on the 4th. 

MARYE. — Mrs. George T. Marye was hostess at a luncheon at the 9Q 
Francis Monday afternoon. 

MITCHELL. — Mrs. Charles Mitchell celebrated her birthday by having a 
number of her friends at a luncheon party at Techau Tavern recently 

PIKE. — Mrs. Roy Pike was hostess at an informal luncheon Saturday el 
the St. Francis when a group of young matrons shared the enjoy- 
ment of the affair. 

TAYLOR. — Mrs. William Hinckley Taylor entertained last week at a 
handsomely appointed luncheon, at which she was hostess to a dozen 
guests. 

DINNERS. 
LONG. — Mr. and Mrs. L. Long entertained at a dinner party at their 

home on Pacific avenue Monday night in honor of visitors from the 

South. 
MARTIN*. — Sunday evening Mrs. Eleanor Martin gave a dinner party in 

honor of her granddaughters, Miss Mary. Miss Eleanor and Miss 

Gertrude Martin. 
PROSSER. — Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Prosser of New York City, who are at 

the Fairmont, were hosts July 4th for a Rainbow Lane dinner party. 
"WHITE. — Miss Anita "White of New York was the guest of honor at a 

dinner party given recently by Mr. and Mrs. George A. Hall. 

SUPPERS. 

FLOOD. — Miss Mary-Emma Flood entertained a group of friends Sunday 
at a supper party for about eighty or more at Linden Towers. 



BRIDGE TEA. 
MORRISON. — Mrs. John F. Morrison and Mrs. Benjamin Alvord gave the 
first of a series of bridge teas at their attractive quarters at Fort 
Mason on Friday. 

DANCES. 
FOLGER. — Mr. and Mrs. James Athearn Folger gave a dance in honor 
of Miss Aileen Mcintosh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kenneth 
Mcintosh on Saturday evening. 

WEEK-ENDS. 
DE LAVEAGA. — Mr. and Mrs. Edward de Laveaga, who are spending 

the summer with their little family at the De Laveaga country seat. 

"Bien Venido," in Contra Costa county, entertained a small house 

party over the holidays and week-end. 
MONROE. — A group of the younger set accepted the hospitality of Miss 

Margaret Monroe over the week-end, at a house party at her homo 

in Ross Valley. 
SPRECKELS. — Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Spreckels entertained a house-party 

over the week-end at their ranch in Sonoma County. 

CELEBRATION. 

McNEAR. — Mr. and Mrs, McNear entertained all of their kin and a number 
of friends at an all-day celebral Ion on Saturday at their home in 
Menlo Park, celebrating the completion of their new swimming tank 
and tennis court. 

ARRIVALS. 

CEBRIAN. — Mr. and Mrs. Louis de Laveaga Cebrian arrived from the 
Bast on Monday and have taken apartments at the Clift Hotel, where 
they will remain indefinitely. 

CLOMAN. — Colonel and Mrs. Sydney Cloman have returned to San Fran- 
cisco after a brief sojourn in the country. 

CROCKER. — Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Crocker and Miss Helen Crocker re- 
turned Sunday to "New Place" in Burlingame, after having spent 
the holidays at Del Monte. 

DB GUERRE.— Mrs. Ida de Guerre and Miss Marion de Guerre, who have 
been in Yosemtte for weeks, have returned. 

DEPAGE.— Dr. Depage, accompanied by Captain Van de Wide and Mme. 
V. de Velde. arrived from Belgium this week. 

GOEWEY. — Mrs. Kate S. Goewey has returned to the city after a 
of two months in Saratoga. 

HILL. — Fentriss Hill is home from New York, and has joined Mis. Hill 
at their place in San Mateo. 

HOPKINS. — Samuel Hopkins arrived home from France this week where 
he bas served for the past 2 years. 

KEATING.— Mrs. Robert P. Keating and Miss Elizabeth Keating have 
returned from a visit to Lake Tahoc and Virginia City, Nevada. 

KEYSTONE.— Garton D. Keystone and Charles G. Bush. Jr.. returned 
Sunday evening from Pacific Grove, where they were guests at the 
homo of an aunt of Bush. 

KINDLEBERGER.— Captain and Mrs. Charles K. Kindleberger arrived 
Saturday from Pel ham Bay Park, where the former has been Sta- 
tioned for the past year, and are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Harry Williar. 

S PUCKER. — Mr. and Mrs. Warren Spleker returned ycsl erday to their 

Jackson street home, from Burlingame, where they were wei 

guests at the John Drum home. 
WEBB. — Lieutenant Douglas G. Webb. I'. S. A„ Of Alameda, has arrived 

on a five-day furlough, for a visit. 
WINSTON. — Miss Marion and Miss Louise Winston have arrived from 

their home iii Duarte and have gone to Menlo Park to visit the Misses 

Donohoe. 
\\ [LLIAMS. — Mr. and Mrs. Alpheus Williams arrived in this city from 

their home In South Africa on Sunday. 

DEPARTURES. 

CI. INK. — Mr. Alan Cline left this week for an extended trip through the 
Northwest. 

DRYDEN. — Mr. and Mrs. George H. S. Dryden, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. 
Dryden and their children, Russell and Virginia, have gone to Emer- 
ald Bay for the midsummer weeks. 

GUIU '■ — Mrs. John Guild and the Misses 1 torothy and Marjorie Guild, 
sailed for Honolulu on the Moana during the past week. 

POSTER. — Mr. and Mrs. Arthur William Foster, accompanied by Mrs. 
Robert Foster, Miss Lou Foster and Paul Foster, left this week for 
Bolinas. 

KOSHLAND. — Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Koshland. who arrived a month ago 
from their home in New York, left Tuesday for Lake Tahoe where 
they will remain throughout July. 

LENT. — Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lent and their daughters, the Misses 
Fiances and Ruth Lent, have gone to Santa Barbara, where they 
will pass the greater part of July. 

LORD.— Mrs. Arthur Lord, who lias been making her home at the Cliff 
Hotel, has left for Lake Tahoe, where she will spend the next fort- 
night. 

McLATJGHLIN. — Mr. and Mrs. Edward McLaughlin have returned to 
their home In Los Angeles after a brief visit In San Efranclsco, where 
they were the house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Soling. 



July 12, 1919. 



and California Advertiser 



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MACONDRAY.- Miss .Mary Elena Macondray, who has i been a 

house guest of Mr. and Mrs, James Flood it "i Inden Towers," left 

(his week for Batata Barbara. 

•JTi IOMERY. -Mrs. Alfred Montgomery, wife of Lieutenant Ufred 
gotnery, ''• S. N. sailed ror the Orient on Saturday. 
O'BRIEN.— Mr. and Mrs. K.twar.i J. O'Brien, who have been living at 

the i 1 the Gi ea I i rakes 

for the summer. 
SAWYER.— Brooke Sawyer, who has been the houseguesl of Mrs. James 

Flood and Mrs. Joseph A. Donohue at Menlo Park, returned this week 

to his home in Santa Barbara, 
s'l*. GOAR.— Miss Helen St. Goar left this week for. Westw !, Lassen 

County, to visit the Clinton Walker family. 
VERDIER.— Paul Verdier has left for New Ym k. y, here he will remain, 

awaiting the arrival of Mrs. Verdier, who Is en route to this country 

from France, 
VAN RENSSAX.AJBR.— Mlsa Sylvia Van Renssalaer of New York, who 

has been visiting Miss Marie Louise Baldwin, returned to her home 

this week. 

INTIMATIONS. 

BOERICKE, — Dr, and Mrs. Wm. Boericke and their sons have moved to 
Mill Valley where they have re-opened their country seat for the 
summer. 

BUTTERS.— Mrs. Charles Butters will leave the middle of the month for 
Santa Barbara, where she will spend the remainder of the summer. 

COLLIER. — Miss Sara Collier will leave for Tahoe the latter part of the 
month, where she will be the guest of Mrs. Henry Schmieden. 

CONRAD. — Mr. and Mrs. Barnaby Conrad and Mrs. Robert Keeney of 
San Francisco are guests of Mrs. George Choate Kendall of Mon fe- 
ci to. 

DTJTARD. — Mrs. Hippoltye Dutard is in Los Angeles, where she is en- 
joying a visit of several weeks as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Avery 
McCarthy. 

DUTTON, — Mr. and Mrs. Henry Foster Button have Frederick Perry of 
New York as their guest at the Webber Lake Country Club. 

EVANS. — Mr. and Mrs. Harry Evan?, who were married a couple of 
weeks ago at Trenton, N. J., are here visiting at the Evans home in 
San Rafael. 

GILL. — Mrs. John Gill, who has been visiting here all winter from her 
home in Redlands, has gone to Burlingame, where she is visiting her 
brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Drum. 

GOODFELLOW.— A. W. Goodfellow and family of Fresno have taken 
apartments for the summer at the Fairmont. 

HEWITT. — Mr. and Mrs. Dixwell Hewitt are arranging a delightful va- 
cation which will lake them to Wawona for a period of several weeks. 

.TACKLING. — Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Jackling are visiting the Herberl Mof- 
ntt family at Lake Tahoe. 

JOf.LIFFE. — Miss Frames JolHffe, who lias been in New York since the 
winter, will arrive this week in California, 

JANKE. — Dr. and Mrs. W. E. Janke are spendng the month of July at 
i ,a urel i tell i esorl in I »ake County. 

KEENEY. — Mrs. Ja mes Ward Keeney and Mrs. < ieorge Harding are 
guests of the former's daughter, .Mis Talbol Walker, al Santa Bai 
bara. 

la MONTAGNE. — Mr. and Mrs. Clinton La Montagne are enjoying a de- 
lightful three weeks 1 camping trip to the Featnei H in try. 

MacDONALD. — Mr. and Mis. William Forbes BffacDonald and their daugh- 
ter, Dorothy, will leave next week f"r Capitols foi the month of July. 

ma ktin. — Mrs. Eleanor Martin passed the Fourth ol - at 

the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr, and Mrs. Walter Mar- 
tin, wiin were In Del Monte at the time. 

MolNTOSH. — Mrs. Charles EC. Mcintosh is in New Fork, where the 

went i lei her son, Kenneth Mcintosh who n n l ■ Inl lligence 

depart ment bf i be ' lo^ ei nment In Pari! I 

MSB, — Mr. and Mis. Hubert Mee, > i ho ari pend summer al their 

country seat In Ban Rafael, will motor next week to tin- i 
River country, where thi j will enjoj b fortnight's vacation. 

MOORE.— Mr. and Mrs, Granville Moore have leaded An apartnv 
Stanford Court for the coming year. 

MOORE.— Mr, and Mrs. Philip Moi enator John T. Shafrot) 

visiting b i the F^sJi monl i Fotel. 

MjcCREERY. — Richard McCreery will close his home In Burlingame in 
August and will 
who is spending nths iti ESngl 

NOLAN.- laimn Stanley P. Nolan, with a party of friends is enjoying 
the Bpoi is a i i vi Monte. 

.s kwii \ i .i . Mr, and Mm George Newhall ■• imber 

ol guests over the week-end al their countrj 

OTIS.— Mr, and Mm James ''tis and Miss Frederick Ol nl to 

New fork ill On Saturday for Guatemala and Salvador 

OYSTER and their little 

the summer at Pebble Beach. 

PEAR* I Mis. Thomas A . from the I 

at the Clift Hotel. 
PORTEF mi s. Poi tei and Mis 

m Da] tfonte. 

IvEKS.— Mrs. Albeit S U, s and her son. R| ittlDg 

:. it s< hleelngi family. 

SOKOLOFP, Mr. and Mrs Nikola 

are guests Of tl 

YOUNG Waldemer Young, formerly of this 
ing friends. 



GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP DATE ANNOUNCED. 

The California Golf Association has made announcement 
that this year's amateur championship of California and open 
championship of California will be held over the No. 1 course 
at Del Monte, which has been the scene of the title play of the 
Golden State for many years. The women's championship of 
California will also be contested at the same time the men are 
playing. The dates set are from August 30th to September 9th. 
The Del Monte Women's Championship, a regular feature, will 
also be on the cards. The championship tournament will ex- 
tend over two holiday dates. Labor Day and Admission Day. 
It will be first time in some years that the women and men 
settled their golf titles at the same time. The schedule of 
events as announced by the Tournament Committee of the Golf 
Association is as follows : 

DEL MONTE WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP. 

Saturday, August 30 — Eighteen holes, medal play, morning. C se 

open for practice for men. 

Sunday. August 31 — Eighteen holes, medal play, morning. Eighteen 
liiilcs versus par for men, in two or four-ball matches, afternoon. 
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP OF CALIFORNIA. 
(Open to amateurs and professionals). 

Monday, September 1 — First thirty-six holes, medal play. Gold medal 
to winner and purse to be made up of entry fees and subscription list. 

Tuesday, September 2 — Second thirty-six holes, medal play, in open 
championship. 

CALIFORNIA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN. 

Wednesday. September 3 — Qualifying round, first eighteen holes. 

Thursday, September 1 — Qualifying round, second eighteen holes. 

Friday, September 5 — First round match play, thirty-six holes, cham- 
pionship, Del Monte Cup and all other flights, eighteen hoi. s. 

Saturday, September 6 — Second round match play, thirty-six holes. 
championship, Del Monte Cup and all other flights, eighteen holes. 

Sunday. September 7 — Third round match play, thirty-six holes, cham- 
pionship, Del Monte Cup and all other flights, eighteen I 

Monday. September 8 — Semi-finals, thirty-six holes, championship. 
Finals in all flights of sixteen oyer eighteen holes and Beml-flnals of De] 
Monte Cup. 

Tuesday. Septembei 9 — Finals, thirty-six tnplonship and Del 

Monte Cup. 

CALIFORNIA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP. 

Fri.i.'i ber 5 — Qualifying r id I in.ies. 

Saturday, B 8 — Firsl round match play. 

S lay, September 7 — Second round mi I ■ 

Monday, September B — Semi-finals En Ip and Del Monte 

I'np and finals in all other fli 

Tuesday. September 9 — Final- 

SPECIAL EVENTS. 
Tuesday. September 2 — Team match. North versus Sooth. e,o. 

teams of twenty men each from lifomia 

ists to winners al ner. 

aftern i. 

A new feature this year will be the opportunity offered 
professionals to contest for a gold medal, which will carry 
with it the Open State Championship. 



INSURING AGAINST OLD AGE. 

Mere continuous effort, accumulation without a system of 
fixed plan, niggardly economy on the one hand and reckless 
prodigality on the other, are not specifics for a serene old age. 
We will know that even strict attention to business, a policy 
of "sawing wood" or the process of spending little and accumu- 
lating much, does not always work out in the accepted dramatic 
formula of "living happily ever after" fifty. A deliberate 
study of actual results compiled for the "Magazine of Wall 
Street" by an eminent statistician leads to some amazing reve- 
ations, which prove that the aforesaid good intentions do not 
materialize in practice. The figures prove : First — At the age 
of forty-five only 4', have accumulated anything — and kept it. 
Second — After fifty not one in a hundred can recover his fi- 
nancial footing and not more than 2', are independent. Third 
— At sixty-five the number dependent on relatives or charity 
has reached 85' . . It is obvious from these figures, taking into 
consideration the fact that America stands foremost among 
wealthy nations, that there is something wrong with the entire 
scheme of things. — Philadelphia Public Ledger. 



Fred Solari's. The home of the best possible in enter- 
tainment, food and service and in a city noted for the excel'ence 
of its cafes. Solari"s Revue is a feature of San Francisco's 
right life. At Geary and Mason Streets. 



Wedding Presents* — The choicest variety to select from at 
Marsh's, who is now permanently located at Post and Powell 
streets. 



Small Scout — "Dad. what are the silent watches of the 

night?" Indulgent Father — "They are the ones which their 
owners forgot to wind, my son." — P 



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July 12, 1919. 




====== Not Recommended for Automobile ■$£ 

Main Trails 
Railroad Routes 
Forest Boundary 



To LosAngeles 
via Sau|us 



To Los Angeles 
via Barstow 



THE ROAD TO THE SEQUOIA FOREST. 

From Bakersfield turn east to the mountains. The roads, while not good, are passable. Then thru the hills to Sequoia 
and some of the finest scenery in the whole West. The Sequoia forest is in the Owens Lake country and abounds in elegant 
places to camp. There is no better place to spend a real California vacation. The roads from San Francisco and Los Ange- 
les to Bakersfield are in splendid shape all the way. 



July 12, 1919. 



and California Advertiser 



17 



vj^gt^^fa 




By B. J. Rosenthal. 



Goodrich Company Interested in Office Boy. 

The B. F. Goodrich Rubber Company looks upon its messen- 
ger boys as its future executives. In a recently published 
volume called "Playing the Game as Messenger Boy," the 
company talks as frankly to the lads and in much the same 
spirit as a typical American father would do. Although ex- 
pressed in delightfully practical, plain language, drawing its 
similies from the ball field, the "Best in the Long Run" com- 
pany tells its junior employees that the human quality of its 
organization must be developed as perfectly and carefully as 
the purely mechanical science of the rubber industry. 

The reviewer cannot but be impressed with the thought that 
this great corporation recognizes its obligation to the world to 
provide the best rubber materials possible, and that it fully 
realizes that only the best human service can accomplish this 
ideal. 

In the foreword the company likens its organization to a 
football team, saying "No football team would expect to win 
a championship game if the quarterback had a broken arm. 
Just so the B. F. Goodrich Company cannot hope to achieve 
the fullest measure of success unless every individual on its 
team is doing his best and all are pulling together." 

The Goodrich Company warns the boys that the whole com- 
pany may be judged by their conduct toward visitors and urges 
them to take their lesson from the erect, a'ert soldier who is 
"on his toes" all the time. Of especial importance, says "Play- 
ing the Game as Messenger Boy," is the fine observation to be 
drawn from the conduct of the U. S. Marines at Chateau 
Thierry. The marines had prepared for years to give the ac- 
count of themselves they did. "The odds against them were 
very great," the boys are told, "Yet we all know how they 
stopped the Germans and a few days later thrashed the fa- 
mous Prussian Guards. You cannot hope to reach your desired 
goal in a day or a year. The marines had to train many long, 
tedious months before they were ready for Chateau Thierry. 
You can cultivate just the same spirit as made the U. S. Ma- 
rines renowned the world over." 

"Theodore Roosevelt always had a word of cheer for every- 
one. The small boy on the street was just as attractive to him 
as the great statesman. Courtesy simply comes from one's 
heart and is another term for kindness." the writer points out 
m a warm tribute to the great President. "A butler or a porter 
may be ever so polite to his superiors; he may affect the air 
of great respect, yet he may not possess a single grain of 
courtesy. His politeness only extends to those from whom he 
expects a tip, or some other benefit. Would you rather be 
classed with a fawning butler who pretends to be polite, or 
with such a man as Theodore Roosevelt?" 

In a chapter about mistakes. the book enjoins the boys to be 
manful in admitting mistakes, and quotes Abraham Lincoln's 
remark: "Show me a man who never makes a mistake and 
right there I will show you a fool." The proper mental atti- 
tude for success is drawn from the life of Andrew Carnegie, 
and the boys are warned to cut down the width of their "yel- 
low streak." 

In conclusion the booklet reads : "When you get to first 
base in a game of baseball, you don't fold your arms and 
wonder how long before it's time to go home. The first chance 
you get you're down to second and all your gang yells 'Atta- 
boy. Ole Top.' The game you are in now is the Game of Life. 
It is a bigger game than was ever played between the New 
York Giants and the Chicago White Sox, or anybody else in 
a world series. We can only play the game once and if we 
lose there won't be any comeback. Thousands of boys never 
realize this until they are men of fifty. Opportunity has come 
to them, but they were caught flat-footed off second base. They 



were watching the clock instead of the game. Position, wealth 

and happiness is yours if you go after it. Nothing can stop 

you but yourself. It's up to you." 
* * * 

Townsend Bill Provides for National System of Highways. 

Over two score of bills already introduced in the special 
session of the Sixty-sixth Congress made evident the positive 
demand that is developing all over the United States for na- 
tionalized highways and more complete control of Federal ex- 
penditures on roads by the Government. 

Though the extra session is yet young, some forty bills hav- 
ing highways as their major theme have been dropped into the 
legislative hopper, while more than a score of others which 
deal with the road situation to a greater or lesser degree are 
now on file. 

Chief among these in interest, of course, is the measure of 
Senator Charles E. Townsend, of Michigan, providing for a 
national system of highways, a Federal Highway Commission, 
and a thorough study of the principles governing transportation. 

This bill was first introduced at the last session. Since then 
it has been subjected to a nation-wide criticism, with the result 
that numerous powerful orgnizations have gone on record favor- 
ing it as a bill which treats the subject in the broadest manner 
and with due consideration for the varying needs of the respec- 
tive states. 

Evidently the present bureau plan of Federal road adminis- 
tration does not now meet with country-wide favor, as aside 
from the Townsend measure, several others have been intro- 
duced which would create a radically different form of control. 
For instance, Senator Wesley Jones, of Washington, calls for 
the creation of a department of public works, which wou'd, 
among its other duties, include all that is now done by the 
Bureau of Public Roads. Representative Osborne, of Cali- 
fornia, would create a department of Federal highways and es- 
tablish a national highway system, while Representative Reavis, 
of Nebraska, introduces in the House the same measure as is 
sponsored in the Senate by Mr. Jones. 

Senator Morris Sheppard, of Texas, is the author of one bill 
calling for a military highway along the southwestern border, 
while Representative Hayden, of Arizona, also would have the 
War Department at once undertake a survey and investigate 
the need for a boundary road. 

Representative Hudspeth, of Texas, has about the same idea, 
except thiit he would not delay in starting the building of such 
a military highway. 

Senator Jones, of Washington, would have a survey of the 
entire Pacific Coast for the purpose of investigating the need 
of a military road. He would also survey and locate a mili- 
tary and post road from St. Louis, Mo., to Olympia. Wash. 

Representative Lea. of California, proposes a highway for 
military coast defense purposes along the northern Pacific 
Coast of his state, to be known as the Roosevelt Highway. Mr. 
Hawley, of Oregon, seconds this idea and calls for the con- 
struction of the Roosevelt Highway along the coast of his 
commonwealth. 

Senator Shields, of Tennessee, would authorize the Secretary 
of War to prepare a preliminary plan for a system of improved 
national highways, keeping in mind possible future military 
requirements. 

Representative Robison, of Kentucky, asks for an incre?se of 
$1,000,000,000 to present Federal Aid Road Act appropriations; 
while Representative Ferris, of Oklahoma, believes that $400.- 
000.000 should be added. 

Many of the Rocky Mountain states' representatives have 
fathered measures which would provide for the sale of public 
lands for use in road improvement, one of the most important 



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July 12, 1919. 



of these bills coming from Senator Phipps, of Colorado. 

There are a number of bills which call for special appropria- 
tions for the construction of national park thoroughfares, me- 
morial roads and military highways. 

Delegate Kalanianole. of Hawaii, contends that this territory 
should participate in the distribution of money under the Fed- 
eral Aid Road Act. 

"It is interesting to note in analyzing the measures that ths 
demand comes from all sections of the United States,"' com- 
ments Chairman George C. Diehl of the A. A. A. National Good 
Roads Board, "showing that the movement for national high- 
ways is a genuine growth and that the roads question has 
passed beyond sectional stages." 

* * * 
Weil-Known Automobile Man Given Banquet. 

George Campe. head of the newly organized Pacific States 
Motors, distributors for both Scripps-Booth and Daniels cars 
as well as the head of the company that bears his name and 
handles the Chevrolet car, was the guest of honor one day this 
week at an impromptu banquet given on the occasion of his 
birthday. 

E. C. Learock, director of sales of the Pacific States Motors, 
presided as toastmaster at the affair and Campe was the sub- 
ject of much good-natured joshing from friends and employees. 

The fact that he claimed to be still in the early thirties 
brought gales of merriment from old-timers here who declare 
that he was in the business in the vigilante days. However, 
his youthful appearance, business aggressiveness and keen cut 
ability enable him to get away with the youthful claims. 

During the rounds of after-dinner speeches Campe was 
called upon to discourse on the subject of the Fountain of 
eternal Youth, or "How I 'keep so young in spite of my years,"' 
and got away with the toast in good style. 

Little business was discussed at the meeting, but following 
it a conference of executives was he'd to outline plans for the 
future of the Pacific States Motors. The organization, if the 
heads of departments have their way will progress so rapidly 
that only a short time will elapse before it holds forth as one 
of the largest distributing organizations in the West. 

What to Take on a Motor Car Vacation Trip. 

With thousands of men. women and children all agog over 
the prospects of vacation trips, it is timely to tell what to take 
along on a trip into the mountains in a motor car in the way of 
mechanical equipment and camping paraphernalia. 

"One of the greatest mistakes that is made by many tourists 
is the habit of taking everything in the house along on a tour."' 
says L. D. Allen, president of the California Motor Sales Com- 
pany, distributors of Cole cars here. 

"I have traveled in the mountains a great deal of late and 
find that many cars are loaded so heavily that the rear fenders 
scrape the tires when the car goes over a bump. This is all 
wrong. The strain on the car is great and a camper does not 
need so much stuff. 

"When you go on a trip of this kind, you can not expect to 
have all the comforts of a high class hotel. Take enough along 
so that you will have plenty to eat and enough bedding to keep 
you warm. It gets quite chilly during the night in the high 
mountains. 

"A few cooking utensils can be made to go a long way. Re- 
member that there are settlements even in the high mountains 
where you can secure, gasoline, oil. food and shelter in case 
you need it, and the prices are reasonable. 

"In regard to mechanical equipment — Take a spare tire of 
course, and at least one spare tube. See that the tires on the 
car are in good condition. It is the height of foolishness to go 
on a trip with badly worn tires. They are sure to go out when 
traveling over the rough roads of the mountains. 

"Have enough tire patches to make repairs on the road if 
necessary and if you have real bad luck in picking up nails 
and things, be sure and take plenty repairing tools. 

"Take enough tools so that you can make repairs and ad- 
justments. Of course with a car like the Cole these will be 
more or less unnecessary, but then you may need them, and it 
is well to be prepared. 

"Many campers start through the mountains with heavy trail- 
ers behind. Of course it is easy to pull a trailer on the level 
roads of the valley where there are good highways, but in the 



mountains it is a different thing. For instance some of the 
grades into Yosemite are as high as twenty per cent. A trailer 
behind is a great handicap in making time in the high country. 
The Cole will pull it easy enough, but some of the turns are 
sharp and you may have trouble getting around them with a 
trailer on behind. 

"There is enough room in the car and on the running boards 
to carry all you will ever need on a camping trip. Tents are 
made to roll up on the running boards and take little room, and 
are light. Cooking kits are made light and easily folded. 

"Make it a rule not to take too much along and you will have 
& lot more fun, than if you overload the whole machine. An- 
other thing, when you pack up in the morning it is a lot easier 
to get away and on the go when you do not have a million and 
one things to stow." 

Roads of the West in Excellent Condition. 

The roads of the West are all in good condition now. as 
good as they will be at any time this year. This is the infor- 
mation sent out by all the automobile associations and clubs 
and government road bureaus. Oregon and Washington roads 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 
Italian-American Bank. 
For the half-yeai ending Junt SO. L919, a dividend has been declared at 

the rati ir i pel cent per annum on all savings deposits, payable 

r>n anri after Wednesday, July ;. 1919. Dividends not called for will be 
addi d i" the principal and bear the same rate of interest from July 1, 1919. 
I posits made On "i before July 10, 1919, will earn interest from July 1, 1919. 

A. SBARBORG, President. 
Office -Southeast corner Montgomery ana Sacramento sti ts. 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 
Bank of Italy. 
For the half year en, ling June 30. 1919, a dividend has been declared 
at the rate of four <t> ■ . , * i- cent per annum on all savings deposits, pay- 
after July 1. 1919. Dividends not called for are added to and 
bear the same rate of interest as the principal from July 1. 1919. i ie- 
posits made on or before July 10, ltll'i. will earn Interest from July 1. 1919. 

A. p. giannixi, President. 
Office — Southeast corner Montgomery and Clay streets. Market street 
Branch — Junction Market. Turk an,l Mason streets. 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 
Humboldt Savings Bank. 
For the half year ending June 80, 1919, a dividend has been declared 

at the rale Of lour >\\ per cent per annum on all savings deposits, pay- 
able on ami after Wednesday, Jul;, -i, 1919. Dividends not called for are 
added to and bear Hie same rate of interest as the principal from July 

1. 1919. 

ii. c. kdevesaiil. Cashier. 
I iffice — "S3 Market street, near Fourth. 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 

The Hlbernia Savings and Loan Society. 

For the half-year ending June 30, 1919. a dividend has been declared 

at the rate of lour ill pel unnum on all deposits, payable on and 

after Wednesday, July z. 1919. Dividends not drawn will be added to 

r*epositGis' accounts, bi omi pai tl and will earn dividend from 

July 1. 1919. Deposits made on or before July to, 1919. will draw Interest 
from July 1, 1919. 

It. M. TOBIN, Seen tin. 
Office — Corner Market, McAllister and Jones streets. 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 

Mutual Savings Bank of San Francisco. 

For the half-year ending June 30. 1919. a dividend has been declared at 

ii,,. r ate of four I 1 1 pel cenl pi i annum on all savings deposits, payable on 

and after Wednesday, July ^. 1919. i ividends not called for are added to 

and bear the same rate of interest as the principal from July 1. 1919. 

C. B. hobson. Cashier. 
706 Market street, opposite Third. 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 

Union Trust Company of San Francisco. 

For the half-year ending June 30. 1919. a dividend has been declared at 

the rale of four ill per cent per annum on all savings deposits, payable 

on "1 after Wednesday. July -. 1919. 1 'ividends not called for are added 

to and bear the same rate of Interest as the principal from July 1, 1919. 

H. G. LARSH, Cashier. 
Office Function Market street. Grant avenue and O'Farrell street. 



DIVIDEND NOTICE. 

The San Francisco Savings and Loan Society. 

For the half-year ending June 30, 1919, a dividend has been declared at 

the rale of four (4) per cenl per annum on all deposits, payable on and 

after Wednesday, July 2. 1919. Dividends not called for are added to 

the deposit ount and earn dividend from July 1. 1919. 

GEO. tourney. Manager. 
Office — 51!6 California street, San Francisco. Mission Branch. Mission 
and Twentv-first streets. Park-FresidlO District Branch. Clement street 
and Seventh avenue. Haight Street Branch, Haight and Belvedere streets. 

DIVIDEND NOTICE. 
French-American Bank of Savings (Savings Department). 
For the half-year ending June ::". 1911'. a dividend lias been declared at 
the rate of four Mi per cent per annum on all deposits, payable on and 
after Wednesday, July -. 1919. Dividends not called for arc added to 
and bear the same rate of interest as the principal from July 1. 1919. 
Deposits made on or before July 10. 1919. will earn interest from July 
1. 1919. 

LEON BOCQUERAZ. President. 
Office— 108 Sutter street. 



July 12, 1919. 



and California Advertiser 



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aie in excellent shape for the most part. The route from Seat- 
tle to Portland and through to California is in fair condition all 
the way. Of course there are rough spots throughout the 
mountainous country but all roads are passable. 

"In my recent trip throughout the coast territory, I paid par- 
ticular attention to road reports," says Frank C. Riggs, general 
manager of the Willys Overland, Pacific Company who is now 
in San Francisco. 

"Cars are coming through to San Francisco and California 
points every day,'' continues Riggs, and they are having no 
trouble. The roads through the mountains in the North are 
rough in spots, but entirely passable. There is considerable 
construction work going on, and soon these roads will be in first 
class condition. 

"The roads in Northern California are dry now and dusty in 
some places, but this need not bother the motorists. 

"There never was such a rush of people at the resorts 
throughout the entire West. It seems as if every one who was 
unable to take a vacation last year on account of the war is 
doubling up this year and taking twice as much time off. The 
majority of these are making their trips in automobiles. The 
roads in the mountains are alive with cars of all kinds, and 
most of them are laden with camping outfits and baggage of 
all kinds. It is an interesting study to stop beside the road and 
watch the cars pass. 

"There are cars from every State in the Union, and many of 
these tourists are taking a month or two of leisure and making 
long trips. 

"It is a fitting tribute to the excellence of the modern auto- 
mobile. Most of these tourists are amateurs in the sense that 
they have not undertaken long trips before. Few of them have 
any trouble and go there and back with the greatest ease. 

"The mountains of California, of course, are the favorite 
touring ground for motorists of the entire nation, first because 
the roads are better than in most mountainous country, and 
then because of the wonderful things to be seen. There is no 
more beautiful scenery in the world than in California in the 
high mountains and in the valleys. Motorists like to come to 
California to travel on the good roads and enjoy themselves. 

"This is surely a motoring year. There are more cars on 
the roads than ever before in the history of the automobile in- 
dustry, and there are more people enjoying the beauties of na- 
ture and the wonderlands of the West. 

"The only thing that is holding down the number of motor 
car owners is inability of the automotive industry to build cars 
fast enough. This is being remedied, however, by plant in- 
creases and soon there will be enough cars to go round." 



THE DANCERS. 



From the gray woods they come, on silent feet 

Into a cone of light. 

A moment poised, 

A lifting note. 

O fair! O fleet! 

Whence did you come in your amazing flight ? 

And whither now 

Do you, reluctant, wistfully retreat? 

Oh, surely you have danced upon the hills 

With the immortals. 

As an arrow thrills 

Through the blue air and sings, 

You join with the proud wind, your fluent limbs 

As tameless as his wings. 

Within your hollowed hand you hold the draft 

That wakes us from our lingering lethargy 

To skyey joy 

Like yours, luring and swift and free. 

Yours is the birth in beauty that was sung 

A golden age ago; 

And now you come 

With pipe and timbrel and the quickening drum. 

Till men have hope of conquest over time 

And death and tears. 

Dreams know not any b?rs. 

You leap like living music through the air 

And love triumphant treads among the stars. 

— Babette Deutsch. 



WHEN YOU OWN A BANK BOOK. 

"When a feller owns a bank book, an' has money under lock, 
an' his credit at the grocer's is as solid as a rock; an' the wife 
is gettin' supper and your appetite's immense, as you stop to 
swap a story with the neighbor o'er the fence; Oh, then's the 
time we never seem to mind a loafin' spell with the sunset 
colors shinin' through the clouds in the West, an' it's a picture 
that no painter can ever hope to mock, when a feller owns a 
bank book an' has money under lock. 

"That's a feeling that is cosy like about the earth an' sky 
when folks are busy working an' are layin' something by; of 
course you miss the wages when the whistle doesn't blow, an' 
things aren't quite as easy when times are dull, you know, but 
your pocket isn't empty an' the scenery is fine, as you give the 
kids an outin' on the interurban line; an' there's music in the 
tickin' of the little kitchen clock, when a feller owns a bank* 
book an' has money under lock. 

"It's good to hear the laughin' of the auto's merry crew, 
when the evenin' lamps are lighted all along the avenue; I'd 
like to have a car myself an' spin around, but say, just burning 
up the gasoline won't keep the wolf away; the simple song of 
savin' is the song the kettle sings, an' it's great to stop and 
figger out the homely jot it brings; an' you light a fresh new 
stogie an' sit down to read and rock when a feller owns a bank 
book an' has money under lock." 

Robert Roxdale in Carbon News. 



DANCE FOR FAVORS AT TECHAU TAVERN. 

Men who like a good cigarette will appreciate the dance 
favors presented to the gentlemen at Techau Tavern every 
evening, as they are nothing less than those big boxes of 
Melarchrinos beloved by the discriminating smoker. Kewpie 
Dolls of magnificent proportions and modish costume are 
given to the ladies as favors. The two special dance periods 
during which these favors are distributed are at the dinner 
hour and after the theatre. 



There are many garages in town and the motorist is 

often in a quandary as to where to go, especially for permanent 
service. There are very few who give you me quality of 
service of Dow & Green, in Taylor street, between O'Farrell 
and Geary. Here your car will receive something more than 
the "once over," and the prices are moderate. 



U. S. Garage 



Pearson Garage 



750 Bush Street 345 Bush Street 

Phone Garfield 713 Phone Douglas 2120 

Repair Shop and Annex 350 Bush Street 



Largest and most complete Garages in the West 



TIRES VULCANIZING 

THOMAS H. ELKINGTON 

Distributor for KELLY-SPRINGFIELD TIRES 

Long Mileage Tires end Second-Hand Tires 
1143 VAN NESS AVE.— Near Geary Phone PROSPECT 1566 



Automobile Starting and Lighting Systems 
Give Satisfactory Results When Given Proper Attention 

We specialize on electrical equipment, storage batteries, etc. 
and guarantee satisfaction. 

GUARANTEE BATTERY COMPANY 

639 Van Neat Are. BRAND A CUSHMAN Phone Prospect 741 



I \ CERTS 
»*4 POLK STREET. Cor. Gwy 

Saa Frudm 



Form*-rlT «.iih 
E«rl«- C. Aathoar Co. 



FRED. A. BURGESOIN 

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San Francisco News Letter 



July 12, 1919. 




The Welsh tinplate manufacturers en route to this country to 
study our manufacturing methods will find the United States 
producing three-fourths of the tinplate of the world, while 20 
years ago she produced none. Meantime our imports have fal- 
len from 1,000,000.000 pounds in the year in which our indus- 
try was inaugurated to practically nothing last year. Produc- 
tion, which made its first record in 1891, amounted in that year 
to about 3,000,000 pounds, reached 1,000.000.000 in 1903, 
2.000.000,000 in 1912, 3.387,000,000 in 1917. and approximately 
a like quantity in 1918. 

This rapid growth in our domestic production only comfort- 
ably supplied our domestic requirements until within recent 
years, for it was not until 1900 that our exportations reached as 
much as 1,000.000 pounds, advancing to 26,000,000 pounds in 
1910 and 106,000,000 pounds in 1914. the year preceding the 
war. Then they jumped to 516,000,000 pounds in 1916. 560- 
000,000 in 1918. and in the fiscal year 1919 just ending, ap- 
proximated 600,000,000 pounds. At the beginning of the war 
our production of tinplate formed approximately two-thirds of 
that of the world, but with the fall off in production in the 
other tinplate producing countries. Great Britain. Germany, 
France and Belgium, our production at the present time forms, 
according to an estimate by The National City Bank of New 
York, about three-fourths of the output of the world. 

The tinplate production of the world at the beginning of the 
war occurred chiefly in the United States, Great Britain. Ger- 
many, France and Belgium and amounted with us to about 
2,250.000.000 pounds, Great Britain approximately 785,000,000, 
Germany 157,000,000. France approximately 90,000.000 and 
Belgium about 56.000,000 pounds. In all of the European coun- 
tries the product, of course, declined and with us increased 
more than 50',' and as a result our share of the world's output 
can now be safely stated at approximately 75%. 

With this increase in our own output during the war period 
coupled with the decline in production in the other tinplate 
manufacturing countries, we have become the world's chief 
distributor of that article and in 1918 sent the product of our 
tinplate factories to more than 50 countries and colonies scat- 
tered over the entire world. To Europe, the other tinplate pro- 
ducer of the world, we sent in 1918. 119.000,000 pounds; to 
Asia 158.000,000. to South America 142.000,000, to North 
America, other than the United States, 135,000,000, to Oceania 
nearly 4,000,000 and to Africa over 2.000.000 pounds. 

Considerable quantities of this tinplate exported went back 
to the very spot from which we drew the pig tin from which it 
was manufactured, for all of the tin used in our production of 
tinplate is drawn from other parts of the world. Our importa- 
tion of pig tin which amounted to $55,000,000 in value in 1917 
was drawn chiefly from the Straits Settlements, the Dutch East 
Indies. Great Britain, Hongkong. Australia and China, also lim- 
ited quantities of tin ore from our South American neighbor, 
Bolivia; though by far the largest quantity was from Straits 
Settlements and the Dutch East Indies. To the Straits Settle- 
ments we sent in 1917 in exchange for their raw tin about 
13,000,000 pounds of our tinplate, to the Dutch East Indies 
31.000.000 pounds, to Hongkong 22,000,000, to Australia 15,- 
000.000, to China 30.000,000, to England over 16,000,000 
pounds, to Bolivia, from which we now draw about $10,000,000 
worth a year of tin ore, we sent about 500,000 pounds of tin- 
plate in exchange in 1917. 

The value of the tinplate produced in 1918 is estimated at 
about $200,000,000. The census valuation of the production 
in 1914 was approximately $70,000,000 and as the quantity pro- 
duced in 1918 was about 50 1 ;; more than in 1914 and the prices 
per pound about double those of 1914, the market value of the 
1918 output probably approximated $200,000,000, and the 
quantity produced approximately three-fourths of that con- 
sumed in the world. 



The National City Co. is offering first mortage 6% Gold 
Bonds of the Southern California Gas Co., due Nov. 1, 1950. 

The Southern California Gas Company, organized in 1910, 
operates in three of the leading counties in Southern California; 
in the cities of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside and 
seventeen smaller communities in their vicinities. It recently 
acquired the property and business of the Economic Gas Com- 
pany. The first mortgage bonds, of which there are $4,296,000 
outstanding, are secured by a first mortgage on all property 
now owned or which may be hereafter acquired, subject only 
to $30,000 bonds having a prior lien on the system at Riverside. 
No additional bonds may be issued unless net earnings from 
gas operations amount to one and one-half times total interest 
charges on bonds outstanding and those proposed to be issued. 

The reproduction value of the company's property, including 
paving over mains, as appraised by the Railroad Commission 
engineers, with the additions and betterments added, as shown 
by the company's books from the date of appraisment to De- 
cember 31, 1919, is $4,446,568.74. The depreciated value of 
the Economic Gas Company's property as appraised by the 
Railroad Commission engineers, 1913. with additions and bet- 
terments added, as shown by the company's books, is $1,185,- 
891.24, total $5,632,459.98. This does not include actual cash 
investments in oil property standing on the books of the com- 
pany at a depreciation cost of $176,422.69; nor Midway Gas 
Company bonds owned by this company at a par value of 
$152,000'. 

For the twelve months ended December, 31, 1918, the com- 
pany reported gross earnings of $2,090,875.39. and net income 
of $567,156.10, applicable to bond interest charges of $209,460. 

* * * 

The Bank of Italy has been awarded the Sonoma County 
Highway Bonds. The issue is $1,640,000-5',' bonds, due 1920- 
1949 and were purchased at a premium of $39,508. The Na- 
tional City Company. E. H. Rollins & Son. Blythe, Witter & 
Co Cyrus Pierce & Co., Bond & Goodwin, R. H. Moulton & 
Co ' The Anglo-London & Paris National Bank. The Citizens 
National Bank and Schwabacher & Co. were also bidders. The 
award is exceedingly large for county sales, in fact one of the 
largest ever to have taken place in California. 

The Atchison. Topeka & Sante Fe Co. has declared its usual 
dividend of 1%$ on the common stock, payable September 

2nd to holders of record July 31st. 

* * * 

A credit of $25,000,000 has been arranged for Sweden by a 
New York syndicate and the bonds will be offered for invest- 
ment throughout the country. Sweden's position economically 
is eood and there was little difficulty in arranging the credit. 

6 * * * 

Proctor & Gamble Co. have issued a call for a special meet- 
ing of stockholders for July 23rd to increase the capitalization 
to $72,000,000. The directors plan to make the increase in 6% 
preferred stock. 

An increase in capitalization from $84,600,000 to $109,- 
600,000 has been approved by stockholders of the B. F. Good- 
rich Co. The increase will be provided for in $25,000,000 of 

T/< cumulative preferred — par value $100.00. 

* * * 

The Sinclair Oil & Refining Co. will hold a special meeting 
July 18th for the purpose of authorizing an increase of capital- 
ization from 1,500,000 shares to 2,500,000 shares. On the same 
date, stockholders of the Sinclair Gulf Corporation will meet to 
vote on a proposed increase of capital from 1,000.000 to 2,000.- 
000 shares. 



July 12, 1919. 



and California Advertiser 



21 




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A chain of stores which had 54 embezzlements in 1917, 
had 69 in 1918. A big packing house company which had 50 
shortages in 1915, had 73 in 1917, and 83 in 1918. Embezzle- 
ments exceed the amount of the employee's bonds more than 
ever before. A few years ago, few defalcations every year 
exceeded the bond. Today, a score occur monthly. An in- 
creased amount of merchandise is also being found short. This 
shows increased need in employees' homes. A few years ago 
employees stole merchandise so rarely and in such small 
amounts that business concerns did not take trouble to make 
claim for restitution under the employee's bond. Annual state- 
ments of surety companies will not show unduly increased em- 
bezzlements. Losses will seem merely to have increased pro- 
portionately to increasing business. The fact that certain en- 
tire classes of losses are being either reduced or eliminated 
every year through new efficiency methods is not revealed. 
Other classes of losses are increasing at a serious rate and 

seem to keep pace with the increased cost of living. 

* # # 

Pacific Coast Manager George T. Tyson, representing the 
Great American Insurance Co. of New York, the Phoenix In- 
surance Co. of Hartford, American Alliance Insurance Co. of 
New York and Equitable Fire & Marine Ins. Co. of Providence. 
R. I., pleads guilty to his 40th anniversary in the insurance 
business. The special agent force for this department are cele- 
brating this event by making a special effort to make it a ban- 
ner year for the companies. The local agency force through- 
out the Pacific Coast are doing their share, and many 40th 
anniversary risks are being received daily at the Department 

Office. 

* * * 

The appointment of Charles F. Milliman to be assistant gen- 
eral agent of the North British and Mercantile and Pennsyl- 
vania, under General Agent Russell W. Osborn, as an asso- 
ciate of George M. Ward who was made an assistant to Mr. 
Osborn last month carries additional strength to this important 
agency. Mr. Milliman has been with the North British for 
eight years. He came from the St. Louis office to the Coast in 
1913, and at the time of his promotion was chief clerk of the 
Pacific Department. He has made many friends during his 

connection with this department. 

* « * 

Edward 0. Welters, who has seen thirty-two years' service 
with the company and for some years past has been manager 
of the claim and investigation division, has been appointed by 
the board of directors an assistant secretary of the Metropoli- 
tan Life Insurance Company. 

* * * 

Nearly all companies writing workmens' compensation in- 
surance have been driven out of Utah by the action of the last 
legislature, it being considered impossible to write business in 
that State under the amendment reading that companies m ust 

write all business submitted regardless of its character. 

* • • 

Manager Fuller of the Norwich Union's Pacific Department 
has appointed William T. Barr superintendent of that com- 
pany's automobile branch. Mr. Barr has had a varied ex- 
perience with automobile insurance in different offices. 

* • • 

Ralph P. Thornton will have charge of the automobi e 
branch to be opened up on the Coast by the London Assurance. 
He leaves similar work for Newhall & Co. to accept this ap- 
pointment. Mr. Thornton saw active service during the war 
in the Navy and returned with the rank of lieutenant. 

* * * 

In addition to being Pacific Coast general agents for the fire 
branch of the Tokio Marine & Fire, Miller, Henley & Scott 
have been appointed general agents in California, Oregon and 
Washington for that company's automobile department. 



W. C. Newman, at one time manager of the liability depart- 
ment of the Pacific Surety Co., and who has returned to San 
Francisco after three years in France with the British Army, 
has been appointed assistant manager of the San Francisco of- 
fice of Behrens & Co., general agents for the Continental Cas- 
ualty Company. 

* * * 

The Western States Life of San Francisco has interpolated 
a two-year clause in its policies providing for the return of all 
premiums paid if the insured meets death while in a flying 
machine. It is the first California life insurance company to 

cover such hazard. 

* * * 

The American Automobile Insurance Company has ap- 
pointed H. R. Crouse manager of its California department. 

with offices in the Mills Building, San Francisco. 

* * * 

Wyndham Medcraft has been selected from among the home 
office employees of the Fireman's Fund, with aspirations to- 
ward field work, to make a tour throughout the mountain field 
in company with Special Agent W. P. Coffee of Denver. Mr. 
Medcraft is examiner at the home office for this unit of the 

company's territory. 

* * » 

President J. B. Levison of the Fireman's Fund and Home 
Fire & Marine, is chairman of the committee on fire insurance 
in relation to public welfare recently appointed by the Cham- 
ber of Commerce of the United States. 

* * * 

Zeno K. Myers who made many acquaintances during his 
connection with the Pacific Department of the North British 
& Mercantile between the years of 1890 and 1900. died at 
Honolulu on June 21st. At the time of his death he was man- 
ager of the Home of Hawaii, which he organized a few years 
ago. 

V * * 

The Idaho State Life is now gathering in new business at the 
rate of nearly a million a month. The company now has in- 
surance in force to the amount of nearly $18,000,000.00. 



-Eppler's Bakery and Lunch, High Class Cooking. £86 Geary Street. 



A. W. BEST 



ALICE BEST 



BEST'S ART SCHOOL 



1625 CALIFORNIA STREET 



Life Classes 
Day and Night 



Illustrating 

Sketching 

Painting 



Mr-. Richards' St. Francu Private School, Inc. 

AT HOTEL ST. FRANCIS 

AND 2245 SACRAMENTO STREET 

In the Lovell While residence 

Boarding f" Ages. 3 to 15. 

Public ii>ooks and curriculum. Individual Instruction. 

folk-dai in all departments. Semi-open-air rooms: 

ptlon. exhibition and dancing class (Mrs. 



GEORGE BOOSINGER EDWARDS 

T '* k "' 4 Piano and Composition 

7090 Eddy Street Phone Fillmore 1S81 



DR. WM. W. HOAGLAND 

DENTIST 
PERFECT SERVICE IHSUBH Bavin 

Offices, 908 Market Street, Third Floor 
TeleDhone Garfield 835 



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San Francisco News Letter 



July 12, 1919. 




THE SILENT BIRDS 



The Eagle used to scream a bit, 

Perhaps, at times, too proudly; 
And Yankee Doodle used to crow, 

And, often, rather loudly; 
But now the Yankee birds are dumb, 

Or cheep, in idle chatter. 
And every man in Yankeeland 

Is asking: "What's the matter," 

—From Life. 

"Has our client a good case?" "Good for several 

thousand dollars." — Boston Transcript. 

"Jones is in the hospital very much run down." "Nerv- 
ous prostration or automobile?" — Baltimore American. 

"I wonder what makes this American bacon so salty?" 

"Shortage of shipping, my dear. They tow it across." — London 
Opinion. 

"What sort of a girl is she?" "The kind that everybody 

says will make a good wife for somebody some day." — Detroit 
Free Press. 

Indignant Customer—" Barber, why did you drop that 

steaming towel on my face?" Barber — "Because it was too 
hot to hold, sir." — Boston Globe. 

"I told father I loved you more than any girl I've ever 

met." "And what did father say?" "He said to try and meet 
some more girls." — Paget Sound Trail. 

"I see you are presenting Hamlet to the public this 

week." "Presenting is the right word." assented the manager. 
"Nothing but deadheads in the house." — Louisville Courier- 
Journal. 

Mabel — "So you asked papa for my hand? Did he 

give you any encouragement?" Arthur — "Well, no; but he 
gave me a drink and a cigar, so I had no kick coming." — Ne ir 
York Times. 

Chairman Kahn of the House Military Affairs Commit- 
tee talks of "saving the taxpayers" several hundred millions. 
What becomes of all the vast sums that are saved to the tax- 
payers? — Chicago Tribune. 

Jabbers — "I tell you, old man. it's a terrible thing when 

your wife quarrels with her mother and the old lady lives with 
you. Which side do you take?" Haver — "Neither. I pre- 
serve an alarmed neutrality." — Tit-Bits. 

The hotel manager hopped on a bellhop for whistling in 

the lobby. "Don't you know it's against the rules for an 
employee to whistle while on duty?" he demanded sternly. 
"Ain't whistling, sir," protested the boy. "I'm paging Mrs. 
Blank's dog." — Boston Transcript. 

"Your late husband wantr. to speak to you from the 

spirit wor'.d." said the medium. "Just a moment, before you 
put me in communication with him." said Mrs. Growsper. "If 
he starts to ask me what I did with his life insurance money, 
you can cut him off short, or I won't pay your fee." — Birming- 
ham Age-Herald. 

A girl once sang a song where she asked, in the first line 

of the chorus. "I wonder if he'll miss me?" and she sang it 
with more force than expression or sweetness; in fact, she 
was slightly off the key. As she sang the first verse there 
was a restless shuffling of feet, the chorus brought out a buzz 
of voices. The second verse did not add to the interest but 
increased the noise. She reached the chorus in safety, and once 
more noisily inquired. "I wonder if he'll miss me?" A man in 
the gallery said. "If he does he never ought to be trusted with 
a gun again!" — London Blighty. 



AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND 



BANK OF 
NEW SOUTH WALES 



(ESTABLISHED 1117) 



Paid-up Capital 

Reserve Fund 

Reserve Liability of 
Proprietors 

Aggregate Assets 

30th Sept. 1918 




$19,524,300.00 

- 15,125,000.00 

- 19,524,300.00 
$54,173,600.00 

$310,575,676.00 
SIR JOHN RUSSELL FRENCH, K. B. E., General Manager 

336 BRANCHES and AGENCIES in the Australian Starts. New Zealand. 
Fiji. Papua. (New Guinea), and London. The Bank transacts every 
description of Australian Banking Business. Wool and other Produce 
Credits Arranged. 

„„' ,c " d0ffice: London Office : 

GEORGE STREET, SYDNEY. 29. THREADNEEDLE STREET. E. C 2 

Agencies— Bank of Montreal. Roys) Bank of Canada 



The San Francisco Savings and Loan Society 

SAVINGS (THE SAN FRANCISCO BANK! COMMERCIAL 

526 CALIFORNIA STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. 
Member of the Associated Savings Banks of San Francisco 
MISSION BRANCH - . . Mission and 21st Street. 

PARK PRESIDIO DISTRICT BRANCH Clement and 7th Avenue 

HAIGHT STREET BRANCH - Height and Belvedere Street. 

JUNE 30, 1919 

Assets $60,509,192.14 

Deposits 57,122,180.22 

Capital Actually Paid Up 1,000,000.00 

Reserve and Contingent Func's 2.387,011.92 

Employees' Pension Fund 306,852.44 

OFFICERS. 

JOHN A. BUCK. President 

GEO. TOURNT, Vice-President and Manager 

A. If. It. SCICMII'T. Vice- President and Cashier 

E. T. KRUSE, Vice-President 

WILLIAM HERRMANN. Assistant Cashier 

A. H. MUI.LER, Secretary 
WM. D. NEWHOUSE. Assistant Secretary 
GOODFELLOW. EELLS, MOORE & ORRICK, 
General Attorneys 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
JOHN A. BUCK A. H. R. SCHMIDT A. HAAS 

GEO. TOURNY I. N. WALTER E. N. VAN BERGEN 

B. T. KRTJSE HUGH GOODFELLOW ROBERT DOLLAR 

E. A. CHRISTENSON L. S. SHERMAN 



DIRECT FOREIGN BANKING SERVICE 

Importers and Exporters employing the facilities of our 
Foreign Department incur none of the risks incident 
to inexperience or untried theory in the handling of 
their overseas transactions. 

For many years we have provided Direct Service 
reaching all the important money and commercial 
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The late John Barleycorn's heirs are certainly putting 

up a lively fight in Congress. 

Broadway cafes are getting 70c for a malted milk. Right 

here we vow to stick to Coco-Colas. 

Representative Kahn urges Congress to retain wine. 

Judging from the condition of some of our cellars, our citizens 
beat the Representative to it. 

Thousands of Californians are reported to be planning 

to imigrate from the state because of prohibition. Just where 
do they expect to get that drink. 

Frank B. Walsh of the Irish Delegation, refers to Lloyd 

George as the "Trick mule of Great Britain." Trick mules, 
however, are always hard to ride. 

All the Porto Ricans want from us is a $30,000,000 loan 

and Home rule. We still feel that somewhere there is someone 
who does not want something from us. 

Reports of the resignation of Alfred Sydney Burleson, 

Post Master General, were very much exaggerated. Alfred is 
still with us. We are lucky, but not that lucky. 

England finds her first Social Season after the war rather 

dull. Our Anglo-Saxon friends' viewpoint must be improv- 
ing. They now realize what we have always known. 

Newspaper headlines to the contrary, we still believe 

that there are some husbands who do not murder their wives, 
go out with other women, or rob their neighbors' cellars. 

Italy now feels that she would like to participate in the 

slicing of China, she having overlooked this matter in her 
anxiety over Fiume. She asks for a concession at Tien-Tsin. 

The telephone operators have adopted as their slogan : 

"We'll win." They haven't gotten as far as when however. In 
the meantime the subscriber patiently writes instead of tele- 
phoning. 

When 864 quarts of contraband whiskey disappeared 

from Judge Allen's courtroom in Seattle, even the police be- 
came suspicious, and now His Honor and several Seattle poli- 
ticians are in jail. 

Secretary Baker says he has never heard that anyone 

improperly questioned his locating all of the military camps 
in the South. The Secretary apparently publishes and reads 
his own papers. 

Director Cholmeley-Jones of the War Risk Insurance 

Bureau, announces that a committee headed by Charles E. 
Hughes has been appointed to investigate the work of that 
Bureau. Despite the fact that he was beaten for the Presi- 
dency. Mr. Hughes seems to be doing rather well, and if Con- 
gress keeps up its investigations, he should have a life job. 



After initiating the trial of William Hohenzollern in 

Britain, the British press now feel that William's presence is 
really not needed there. William bids fair to continue wood 
chopping for some time yet. 

Flashing a badge of the Interna! Revenue Department, 

a young man has been selling former saloon keepers permits to 
sell real beer and collecting $20.00 apiece for them. Barnum's 
estimate seems to be entirely too low. 

Maxmilian Harden, the little German editor, will be the 

new Ambassador to America. Harden knew more of the skele- 
tons in the Hohenzollern closet than any other man. and did 
not hesitate to rattle them occasionally. 

Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig very modestly tells 

the Engish people not to forget that the British Empire won 
the war. If we were Sir Jawn Pershing, we would take that 
title and give it right back to King George. 

An Oakland clerk is suing his employer, a pawnbroker, 

for his share of the profits obtained from defrauding customers. 
There is one thing about Oaklanders, they aren't modest, and 
"copping the kale" always is the first consideration. 

Carlos Garcia, the youthful Lieutenant-Colonel in Car- 

ranza's Mexican Army, doesn't want to go back to Mexico to 
stand trial on the charge of appropriatng $60,000 of Mexican 
Governmental funds. We can readly understand that. 

A London milliner favors an innovation in men's hats. 

She is of the opinion that the present hat is the dullest thing 
in life. The lady will never have a conception of how lively 
a hat can be until she has chased one down Market street. 

William E. Johnson, American Prohibition Field Mar- 
shal in Britain, has left that country for Finland. Johnson is 
a little thin-skinned and couldn't stand the British press re- 
ferring to him as a pussy-footer and a turner off of joy water. 

-Charles G. Dawes, Chicago financier, has been deco- 



rated with the French Cross of War for his work in the Ameri- 
can Commissary Department. Charley can go through life 
with the distinction of having been kissed on each cheek by 
Marshal Foch. 

It is refreshing to see one attempted wife murderer get 

what is coming to him. In this instance, a Pleasanton woman 
took the gun with which he attempted to kill her, away from 
her former husband, and used it with such efficiency that he is 
not expected to live. 

After bringing the President back to this country, the 

good ship George Washington is being fitted up to transport 
war brides. It develops that the Shipping Board made no pro- 
visions for our infatuated doughboys, so the George Washing- 
ton was pressed into service. 

A Congressional Committee solemnly informs us that 

we are paying too much for meat and that the packers are a 
menace to the country. If Congress would solemnly devise 
some way by which we could get meat for less, we might feel 
a little affection for that body. 

September 30th will be Black Tuesday in the Army. On 

that date all promotions of officers is suspended and officers 
of the regular army automatically return to their pre-war 
gTades. Many of them were former enlisted men. and it will 
be awfully rough to go back to K. P. More cheers from the 
Doughboys. 



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Congress has at last undertaken to secure 
Food Regulation, some relief by legislation from the pres- 
ent high cost of living. A bill has been 
introduced into the Senate by Senator Kenyon to regulate the 
business of purveying all foodstuffs including meat and meat 
products. 

The Congressional Committee that was appointed to investi- 
gate the packing industry has also returned its report. This 
committee has had access for some time past to all of the 
phases of the packing business and its auxiliaries. The report 
reaches the conclusion that unless the packers are restrained 
from entering other fields they will soon control the distribution 
and manufacture of the basic foods of the country. 

The packers have been subject to more investigations in 
Congress than probably any other business, and the net result 
up to the present time has been nil. In times past the packing 
industry has been trotted out as a bogy and every ill in dis- 
tribution and manufacture of foodstuffs attributed to them. 

There is no quesion but that the packers do in fact control 
the purveying of meat products. Congress has repeatedly at- 
tempted to prove that there has been collusion and agreement 
to maintain prices but this has never been proved. In the last 
five years the packers have greatly enlarged their scope. 
Armour & Company have been particularly interested in wheat 
elevators and the bean trade in addition to various canned 
products. Swift & Company have developed butter substitutes 
and have utilized their hides in the leather field. Wilson & 
Company and Morris and Cudahy have been more or less ac- 
tive in these same fields. 

Whether or not this constitutes a menace to the American 
public as the Congressional report would indicate, is still a 
question. The packers' methods of distribution no doubt have 
resulted in the use of fresh meat the year around. Their 
methods of utilizing by-products have resulted in the practical 
elimination of waste in this industry, and it has been the ver- 
dict of men qualified to judge that the packing industry is the 
most efficient of all of our larger corporations. Neither is it 
easily proved that any lowering in the cost of meat would come 
if the packers were dissolved or curbed in their business. 
Quite the contrary, there is some evidence that such a condi- 
tion would make for an exceedingly high price of meat in those 
sections of the country where it is not produced, and an ex- 
ceedingly low cost in those sections of the country producing 
cattle, sheep and hogs. 

In defense of their own business, the packers point out that 
enlarging their scope and dealing in products not directly con- 
nected with the packing of meat, lowers their distributing cost 
by giving full time employment to their salesmen and by a 
fuller utilization of their car-space. 

Herbert Hoover made an exhaustive inquiry into the pack- 
ing business during the war, and came to the conclusion that 
there would be no lowering of the cost of meat from packing 
regulation, and also if the efficiency of the packing industry 
were interfered with or destroyed the result would in all prob- 
ability be quite the contrary. There have been abuses and 
many of them in the past by the packers, but the publicity 
which this industry has had to endure has corrected the ma- 
jority of them, and the packers are fully alive to the necessity 
of conforming their methods to public sentiment. 

Senator Kenyon's bill would simply regulate the larger pur- 
veying industries and would not take into consideration the 
retailer, and certainly the retailer is doing his share of price 
boosting. 

There is a big variance in prices for goods of the same char- 
acter in every community, although the retailers buy at prac- 
tically the same prices. It would seem that the packing in- 
dustry because of its mere size and efficiency has been singled 
out as the one profiteer, whereas in fact the big difference be- 
tween the cost of the raw product and the price the consumer 
is compelled to pay is a retail charge. 

Any legislation to regulate the sale of food stocks must not 
stop with the larger enterprises nor must their efficiency be 



curbed. It will necessitate joint action between the States and 
the Government to obtain any desired result in this respect. 

San Francisco although a little late bids fair 
Aviation Sites, to get in the forefront of the movement to 
commercialize the airship and airplane. 

The city could do no better than to make a start for the lo- 
cation of aviation fields now. With the successful round trip 
flight of the R-34 the airship will receive much more attention 
than it has in the past. It has been the conviction of technical 
aviation men that in long flights particularly over bodies of 
water, this type was best suited. The R-34 we believe, has 
proved this. Battling continuous gales from the time she left 
the British coast, the R-34 reached America in a non-stop flight 
in 108 hours. Her return trip was made in 75 hours. There 
was no effort to establish a record time flight and she returned 
with a surplus of gasoline. 

England is already building an airship very much larger 
than the R-34 and it is entirely feasible to expect two day air- 
ship passenger service across the Atlantic within the coming 
two years at the most. 

The Pacific will be next. A prize has already been offered 
for a Pacific flight and the coming year will in all probability 
see that flight accomplished. San Francisco should be not only 
the terminus of the Overland airplane lines to this coast, but 
should also be the starting point for Trans-Pacific Air Service 
and to be prepared for such service, action must be taken to 
secure the sites. 

The Army is already asking for landing places and has been 
supplied by most of the California municipalities except San 
Francisco. Los Angeles has announced beginning in August 
regular passenger service between that city and New York in 
12 passenger planes. Omaha is now the western terminus of 
the Transcontinental Air Mail Service, and the postal authori- 
ties plan an extension of this service in the very near future. 
The investment made now in sites will repay the city four fold 
and in the very near future. 



Republican Senators opposing the 
League Opposition. League of Nations are loud in their in- 
sistence that they are not making it a 
partisan matter. 

It cannot help but be noticed, however, that the violent op- 
position to it is wholly by Republicans. On the contrary some 
of its strongest supporters are Democrats. In between the two 
classes of those for it and those against it, lie a body of peo- 
ple who desire enlightenment as to what can be expected of 
this League of Nations; whether or not it is feasible to believe 
that an association of powers can minimize the danger of war. 

The criticism of the League has brought up in the average 
mind questions that would not have been asked otherwise. We 
sincerely believe that the vast bulk of American sentiment is 
strongly for our entrance into the League of Nations. The 
other class, however, who do not feel that they know enough of 
its provisions have looked for a constructive explanation. 
President Wilson in his speech to Congress did all that he 
possibly could to explain the purpose and the results that could 
be reasonably expected from our association with the other 
powers in a League to preserve Peace. 

Former President William Howard Taft is also a Republican 
supporter of the League and has given his assistance in mak- 
ing the provisions of the League clear. It would be very much 
to the advantage of the American people if only those of sober 
thought might be permitted to address the public upon the sub- 
ject of the League. 

We are distinctly tired of those gentlemen who are merely 
seeking an opportunity to slur the President and the accusation 
that Wall Street is for the League and that therefore the rest 
of us must be against it. We are glad to hear the President 
and Mr. Taft and constructive criticism by Mr. Root or even 
perhaps Senator Knox and possibly others, who really have 
something to say besides the ordinary political piffle. There 



July 19, 1919. 



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are officials, however, that we would gladly see tied outside 
while the League discussion is going on. 



One of the most important things yet 
The Turk Must Go. to be finished in the mass of work at 
Paris is the final disposition of the 
Turkish Empire. 

Turkey bids fair to be an Empire no longer. Governing al- 
ways by force and never able to effect an understanding with 
a subject people, the Turk for centuries misused those people 
whose unfortunate lot it was to be in his power. 

Fighting men pay a half-hearted tribute to the Turk's cour- 
age in warfare but hold no brief for him as a governing agent. 
The fate of Constantinople and Turkey in Europe will be a 
difficult one for Paris to solve. Constantinople has been coveted 
by practica.ly every European power and it was solely for this 
reason that the Turk was permitted to keep it, and stay in 
Europe as long as he has. Internationalization under the 
League of Nations seems to be the present solution. Whether 
or not his other possessions are capable of entire freedom 
cannot be determined at once. Armenia and Syria are already 
in a sense out from under the domination of the Turk, but an 
unprotected Armenia and Syria cannot endure. 

The Sultan's representatives pled hard for a chance to pre- 
serve the Empire, at Paris without avail. Clemenceau made it 
plain to them that Turkey as an Empire has finished her work. 
The present Turkish Government has indicted the three leaders 
of the Young Turk party, as responsible for her participation in 
the war, and has sentenced them to death. This of course is 
done to curry favor with the Allies, but as these three leaders 
are not in Turkey and their whereabouts are unknown, this ef- 
fort is rather empty. Strenuous efforts are being made by the 
Young Turk political faction to provoke a religious uprising in 
the near East, Asia and Egypt. The revolt in Afganistan is 
probably a result of their efforts. Armenia and Syria are still 
being outraged, particularly in isolated places where they are 
not under the protection of the Allies. 

The settlement of the Turkish Empire will in any event 
need military support. Force after all will be understood by 
the Turk, and nothing else. 



The General Staff did a characteristic 
"Black Tuesday." thing when it designated September 30th 
as the date of reduction to previous rank 
of all officers in the regular army promoted during the war. 

This order literally blasts the hopes of the army man who 
had chosen the regular Army as a vocation, and who had 
demonstrated his ability to come up from the ranks. The plea 
of course of the War Department will be the necessity of econ- 
omy enforced upon it by Congress and the further reason that 
it has no use for the number of officers of this grade. 

It is, however, certainly not a bestowal of public gratitude to 
reduce an efficient officer raised during the trial of war from 
Major to Brigadier General, back to the rank of Major, nor a 
Major-General who had handled a Division on the battle fields 
of France back to his old rank of Colonel. For the first time 
since the Spanish-American war. the regular Army officer and 
enlisted man has had an opportunity to win promotion in any 
sort of rapid time. Some of the best infantry leaders in France 
were regular Army non-commissioned officers who were trained 
on the battlefield itself and later commissioned. These men 
by virtue of their intimate knowledge of the soldier and sym- 
pathy with him, made splendid leaders and probably were 
more respected by the doughboy himself than any other of the 
officer class. Many of these men have given the greater share 
of their lives to the Army at an enlisted man's pay. won the!; 
promotion in battle to a commissioned rank, and now in grati- 
tude for their services, they will be reduced to their previous 
rank. 

The regular Army officer will of course get the same treat- 
ment except that he will be able to maintain his commission 
held previous to our entry into the war. 

Many of these men will feel that they cannot stay in the 
Army and if they are permitted to resign will seek an oppor- 
tunity in civil life, but without training for civil life and with- 
out any experience, their problem will be a difficult one. 

If the army is to be considered an occupation or a life work 
in any sense of the word, this sort of wholesome demoting will 



do more to destroy its attractiveness than any one thing, and 
America, despite the League of Nations, will have need of a 
regular Army for many years to come. 

Congress has taken the time to reward the three leaders 
whose ranks will be permanent, and that would seem to be the 
chief concern of the General Staff. 

The order designating "Black Tuesday" will be remembered 
in Army circles as a rank ingratitude on the part of the General 
Staff and this Congress. 



Cincinnati is the one American 
Cincinnati's Experiment, city to make a wholesale success 

of co-operation. Some years ago 
the people of Cincinnati after having been supplied with water 
by a private company, revoked the franchise, built their own 
works and laid their own mains. This was the first step in the 
public ownership of utilities in this country. Since that period 
Cincinnati has built and now owns a railroad which although 
operated as a part of the Southern Railway System, is exceed- 
ingly profitable to the city besides bringing a great deal of 
commerce there. 

They have built and now own and operate a strictly munici- 
pal university with some four thousand students. They own 
and operate therewith a really phenomenal school of eneinepr- 
ing with the great manufacturing plants of the city as co-opera- 
tive laboratories. They own a Class A medical school which 
they operate in connection with their own new four-million- 
dollar hospital. Schools, playgrounds, parks, milk service, 
nursing service, health service, and medical service are among 
their other co-operative municipal activities. Certain of the 
largest industries of the city, among the largest and best in 
the whole country, have been for years on the profit-sharing 
basis, and now one of the very largest has announced the policy 
of elective representation of the employees in its directorate. 

It has also been Cincinnati's good fortune to conduct the 
most successful experiment in practical democracy. A total of 
thirty-one city blocks with about 15,000 population of mixed 
nationality and diverse occupations, were selected. Each block 
was asked to elect a block worker who was a resident there. 
Those elected were women and their duties were to hunt up 
possible tubercular cases, new born babies, insanitary condi- 
tions, poverty, and in fact seek out people generally whose con- 
ditions ought to be bettered and who could be helped. 

By co-operation among the physicians and those interested 
in social matters, medical attendance was supplied and the hy- 
genic. sanitary, and medical situation competently looked after. 

Unemployment was also rectified by co-operation with the 
industrial element and the whole scheme is carefully worked 
out without relying on charity. 

The movement was staged and promoted by the National 
Social Unit Organization. It recommends itself as a really 
practical democratic solution of many social problems, and Cin- 
cinnati cannot help but better itself in every respect. The plan 
should be considered by practically every municipality. 



Favorite sons are very much in the lime light 
Favorite Sons, politically these days and no doubt will con- 
tinue so until June of next year when the na- 
tional conventions assemble. To encourage home sentiment 
the native son at least partially justifies himself and we are all 
pleased when our well known governor, mayor or United States 
Senator is mentioned as presidential timber. 

The successful candidate for the presidency in 1920 will be 
selected for his general ability rather than his standing with 
the folks at home. His qualities will necessarily have to ap- 
peal to the entire United States and not merely to his own 
state or town. Outside of President Wilson the war has pro- 
duced no great leader and the one real lesson we have learned 
from the war is the pettiness of politics. A leader who attempts 
election on mere heckling of his opponent or fault-finding will 
find little favor with the American voter. 

The native son has for long been an institution in American 
politics. We doubt, however, that his opportunity will be large 
in 1920. There are too many really big things that will face 
the next President. Probably, however, no one would be more 
surprised or grieved than ourselves if our favored son were 
really to arrive in the end. 



San Francisco News Letter 



July 19, 1919. 




Baroness Makes Duck Soup. 

The Baroness Mackay Hommell put on cap and apron to get 
a squint at life below stairs in America — and all the while 
the consulate of her native country was conducting an interna- 
tional search for the missing member of the Dutch nobility. 

The Baroness weighed American domestic problems in the 
scales provided in the home of Captain W. S. Overton and 
Robert Burmister, and when she dropped her incognito she an- 
nounced that the American home, as she had found it, gave full 
measure of courtesy, consideration and wages to those in serv- 
ice. 

The newspapers, of course, made "duck soup" of the story. 
It certainly had all the "makings." the flavor, the unique 
touches for a rare dish. But as a matter of fact it is not so 
rare, for this is not the first time that a bona fide member of 
nobility has gone into San Francisco by the back door, and pre- 
ferred to look at us from below stairs looking up. rather than 
as a feted member of the aristocracy of Europe looking down 
on American society. 

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Swedish Noblewoman Pulled Same Stunt. 

Years ago a very capable Swedish maid ornamented the staff 
of Mrs. William Crocker's household. After several months 
of excellent service she gave notice to the butler who employed 
all the servants and passed on to a household of equal rank — 
I forgot the chatelaines of the various homes where she soft 
pedaled the click of her aristocratic heels and went about in 
the rubber-padded silence of menial service. 

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The Woman Behind the Broom. 

She never stayed long in any one home and in every one of 
them she left behind a standard which made it difficult for her 
successor. Then she suddenly disappeared and in due time a 
friend of mine who had been one of her employers received a 
book on the "Adventures of a Countess in Sociological Fields" 
and the inscription of the fly leaf called her attention to a cer- 
tain page where she found her own home described without 
any names being given. Whether she sent the book, with like 
inscription, to the others whose households she had been study- 
ing while masquerading as a servant I do not know, and it 
may be that they never knew that the capable Swedish maid 
was really a Swedish intellectual intent upon squeezing the last 
drop of interest out of their manners and customs, to tran- 
scribe into a book her impressions of the American home as 
seen by the Woman Behind the Broom. 

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Legislators Scare Fashionable Housewives. 

A social revolution was recently threatened by the nine hour 
law for servants which steered a rocky course through the last 
legislature finally to bump up against the veto of the gov- 
ernor's fountain pen which put it on the rocks. It was the 
only measure which made the housewife sit up and take no- 
tice that the Solons of the State, in assemblage met. may un- 
dermine the peace and comfort of the home, shake the very 
foundations of domesticity, and add crows feet to the most 
carefully massaged face ! At least that was the attitude of 
the majority of the society women, who, in cushioned ease, dis- 
cussed the menace of the measure. 
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But Look at Merrie England. 

Things are certainly going to the bad in this country. But 
cheer up, they are going to the "worser" in England. The W. 
B. Bournes, the McCreereys, the various members of the Sha- 
ron and the Murphy families and of the other clans that spend 
much time in England will find when they return there that the 
class of English who seemed born to serve have decided to 
thwart their maker and have drawn up a sort of declaration of 
independence which decidedly spoils the caste for purposes of 



solid comfort to their betters. War certainly does bring pesti- 
lence. In various parts of England there has been collective 
bargaining between the mistresses and maids and the chief 
London society weekly reports that the result of this series of 
arbitration meetings has been to revolutionize old standards 
and impose new rules and customs upon practically every 
household in the Kingdom which employs a servant. 

a & & 
Collective Bargaining For Maids and Mistresses. 

The gist of the covenant agreed in most places is that first 
names must be dropped and that the servant is now dignified 
by "Miss*' or "Mrs." according to her lot in the matrimonial 
market. They must be provided with separate bedrooms, easy 
chairs, reasonable facilities for receiving visitors, must hhve 
two hours off in the day time, the work must stop at nine, o;ily 
necessary work on Sundays, and a fortnight's holiday once a 
year. 

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Horrors! England May Dine Before Eight. 

The London society paper calls attention to the fact that in 
fashionable homes dinner is never served until eight o'clock. 
Therefore, in order to keep up the agreement of the number of 
working hours it will be necessary to put on an extra shift for 
the evening meal as it would be impossible to hut-y dinner 
through and release the servants by nine o'clock. 

It will be interesting to see how these covenants work out 
in the right, little, tight little island. There has been no at- 
tempt to legislate in the matter, nor to write the changes into 
the statutes. It has all been done by what might be called 
"Ladies Agreement." and the only penalizing of the mistress 
who fails to live up to the agreement will be the blackj'st of 

the maids. 

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Easy to Out-Jules Verne. 

It is bromidic to call attention to the way we out-Jules Verne 
these modern days, but every now and then someone does an 
ultra modern thing really worthy of observation. This par- 
ticular incident is veiled in sadness which takes it out of the 
sporting events. 

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Dr. Dodge's Son Misses Train. 

Dr. Washington Dodge rallied so magnificently after the shot 
which was meant to ring the bell of eternity, that for a time 
there seemed some small hope of his recovery. His son. by his 
first marriage, who lives in Los Angeles, was of course in con- 
stant touch with the fluctuations in the patient's condition, and 
as urgent business demanded his attention in Los Angeles, he 
awaited the summons before coming to his father's bedside. 
Finally the message came that any further delay would mean 
that he would not see his father alive again. 

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By one of those topsy-turvey, series of misadventures, that 
are so askew that it almost seems as if the imps of deviltry 
had made sport of every plan, young Dodge missed the train he 
planned to take. 

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Engages Airship for $750.00. 

He at once engaged an airship to take him to the bedside of 
his dying father. For the small sum of $750.00 he could over- 
take the train and it seemed a mere pittance to spend for a 
father's blessing. His fiancee, a Los Angeles society girl, to 
whom his engagement was announced about a month ago, had 
a natural feeling of reluctance to have him encounter the dan- 
gers of the air, but waived all objections in lieu of the fact that 
that was the only way that he could be sure to get to his fath- 
er's bedside. 

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Overtakes Train Half-Way to San Francisco. 

About half way to San Francisco the aviator sighted the 
train and safely landed the young man at a station where he 
could board the Pullman and complete the journey in the pro- 
saic way. He arrived in San Francisco at the appointed time 
and made no mention of the spectacular flight which preceded 
his train trip. However, the story leaked out and was the 
talk of clubdom for several days. 

© © © 
Air-de-Luxe Commuters? 

A number of the young blades who were in the aviation serv- 
ice and are keen about making flights are figuring on starting 
an air service from the peninsula to San Francisco and if they 
can figure enough profit in it we may soon hear of air-de-luxe 
commuters! It is safe to predict that there will not be a 
separate smoker for gentlemen, for while there are a number 
of women in the smart set who cannot spell "fear" the majority 
of the women in the colony are desperately afraid of trusting 
precious human cargo to the vicissitudes of air travel and there 
will not be a rush of women passengers if the idea really does 
take wings. 

© © © 

Rumor and Miss Zeile. 

Periodically Rumor reverts to the contention that Miss Ma- 
rion Zeile is about to announce her engagement and with equal 
uniformity and precision, said announcement not being forcom- 
ing. Rumor retracts as gracefully as a retraction can be made. 
Just now the Dame, with the listening ear and appraising eye, 
is insistently on the trail of that young lady and is sending out 
those little signals which proclaim capitulation. 

However, we have been flagged by those same signals be- 
fore only to discover that they did not mean stop at the Cardiac 
station — wherefore we now refuse to give credence (or to 
deny) the protestations of Rumor so far as the affairs of the 
popular Miss Zeile are concerned. 

© © © 
Vanderbilts Due Soon. 

The latest report anent the plans of Mrs. Virginia (Birdie) 
Fair Vanderbilt promise a visit to California in about a fort- 
night. Mrs. Vanderbilt and her two daughters were due here 
several weeks ago but their plans altered and the festivities at 
Del Monte had to proceed without them. It was then an- 
nounced that they would not come to California at all this year 
but Miss Jennie Blair and other intimate friends have been 
notified that they are coming after all. and there is much re- 
joicing in the smart set for they are very popular visitors. 
© © 

Championship Swim at Del Monte. 

One of the California features of the aquatic season will be 
the girls' swimming championships at Del Monte on July 18, 19 
and 20. The preliminary events on the first two days will be 
staged in the picturesque open-air Roman Plunge and on the 
last day the finals will be contested in the Del Monte Bath- 
house at Monterey Bay. 

A full program of events to include some special feature 
stunts such as balloon race, the will o' wisp, and blind fold race 
will be carded for the amusement of the swimming enthu- 
siasts who will be on hand from all sections of the coast. 

Frances Cowells Schroth. holder of many records, will be on 
hand to defend her laurels. A week ago, the attractive mer- 



maid established three American records and she is counting 
on making further assaults on the record books. 

Nine or ten other fast girl swimmers will try conclusions with 
the champion. Dorothy Burns of Los Angeles and Mrs. Claire 
Galligan Finney, formerly of Philadelphia, are expected to 
be there. 

The California girl swimmers have been showing remarkable 
improvement in the past two years and their races today are 
always looked forward to. The swimming feature here this 
month will take its place as one of the attractions on the big 
Del Monte sports' schedule. 

© © © 

World's Largest Hotel Managed by Former Palace Man. 

It will be pleasing to San Francisco to know that the new 
Hotel Pennsylvania at New York is managed by a former San 
Franciscan, Mr. Roy Carruthers, one time manager of the Pal- 
ace Hotel here. 

The Hotel Pennsylvania is the world's largest hotel at pres- 
ent, with 2200 rooms, all with bath. While owned by the Penn- 
sylvania Railroad, from which it takes its name, it is operated 
by the Hotel Statler Company, probably the most successful 
of eastern hotel companies. Mr. Statler made his reputation on 
the unfailing little courtesies shown the guest. 

The Pennsylvania is easily the most expensively equipped 
hotel in the world and the lobbies are the utmost in refined 
furnishing. The rooms are beautifully furnished and are 
equipped with each and every convenience of the better hotel. 
Its location, opposite the Pennsylvania Terminal, at Seventh 
street, makes it easily accessible to the theatre and shopping 
district, and but one block from Broadway. Nearly 2000 em- 
ployes are engaged and has accommodations for 2800 guests. 
Mr. Carruthers. because of his former residence here, has made 
the Pennsylvania more or less of a California House and us- 
ually two or three hundred Californians are registered there. 

Mr. Carruthers by his success here at the Palace is especially 
well qualified to manage the world's largest hotel. 



Schools of naval architecture and ship construction will 

soon become important branches of educational institutions of 
the United States if this nation continues its headway in mari- 
time strength. Fourteen universities and technical colleges 
have signified their interest in a line of instruction that was 
decadent almost to the point of extinction when the needs of 
war presented a demand for ships that could not be denied, and 
some of them have already established courses in naval archi- 
tecture, marine engineering and ship construction, while others 
are planning similar action. The United States Shipping Board 
Emergency Fleet Corporation, which felt so keenly the lack 
of technicians in carrying out its shipbuilding program, and 
had to establish emergency schools for intensive training, is en- 
couraging and fostering plans for the new schools in all insti- 
tutions capable of expanding their fields of learning. It has 
furnished to those interested valuable data gained through ex- 
perience with all phases of the shipbuilding industry in every 
quarter of the country, and stands ready to give similar aid to 
all who may apply. 



The last California Legislature hung up 669 new "Ver- 

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Big Patriotic War Play at Orpheum. 

If you wish to be carried back to the days when your 
being thrilled with the blood and thunder plays that 
used to hold sway at the oid Morosco's Opera House on 
Mission street be sure to go to the Orpheum this week. 
"The American Ace." headliner this week, is melodra- 
matic in the extreme. There is more thunder than blood, 
and there is a series of e'aborate settings, from an aero- 
plane battle in mid-air to a battle "over the top,'' that 
leaves nothing to the imagination. The playette has 
been adapted for vaudeville by Taylor Granville from 
the play by Lincoln J. Carter, and eleven scenes and 
as many more thrilling situations, to say nothing of air 
raids, bombs, spies, explosions. villa : ns, hero'nes. cut 
telephone wires, and soldiers in every degree of excite- 
ment, are crowded into one brief half hour of action. 
Taylor Granville is himself the hero-ace. and he is 
as spry and daring an aviator as the fondest hero-wor- 
shipper ever dreamed of. He heads an able company 
of more than a dozen players. Laura Pierpont plays 
the little French inn-keeper's daughter most attrac- 
tively. The only other feminine role, that of the Ger- 
man spy. who poses as the wife of an American lieu- 
tenant, is exceedingly well done by Florence Pinckney. 

Harry Hines. who comes home this time bil.ed as 
the "58th Variety" has not lost any of his pep and has 
some new songs. He does not have to do anythirg 
more than wear his cap at a rakish angle and be 
natural to win the house. It is seldom that a moro- 
logist carries off the honors as easily. Monday after- 
noon a wonderful bunch of vegetables, arranged as a 
bouquet down to the lace paper fringe, made its ap- 
pearance over the footlights after any number of ei> 
cores, and Hines wins his latest laugh by carefully 
managing not to see and accept it. 

Eddie Janis and Rene Chaplow present "Music Hath 
Charms," in which the new jazz music competes for 
favor with the classic, and the classic, as played by 
Janis on his violin, easily takes first place. George 
Edwards proves himself an able accompanist at the 
piano. The Three Jahns bring a new thrill in acro- 
batics on this week's program. There seems to be 
nothing they can not do on high ladders, and those in 
the front rows held their breath with anxious glance 
and pocket books clutched in hand ready for sudden 
flight. But as the three Jahns are perfect artists in 
their feats of daring and equilibrium, the element of 
danger was only imaginary on their parts. 

It is unusual to find four hold-overs on a bill, but just as un- 
usual to find four such good ones to keep. Nellie Nichols is 
singing different character songs this week, and is very amus- 
ing in the character of the Italian bride. Espe and Dutton stick 
to their same stuff, but it is the kind that is good for a second 
sitting. Dave Ferguson in "The Rounder of Old Broadway" 
and Percy Bronson and Winifred Baldwin, carrying some new 
songs and stories, are the other two first-class acts that com- 
plete the program. 

* * * 

"Polly With a Past" at the Alcazar. 

It is becoming trite to say that "the Alcazar players have 
again outdone themselves." Last week it was generally inti- 
mated that the public would appreciate another week of "The 
Walf-Offs," but the hint was not taken and on Sunday night 
"Polly With a Past"' opened at the O'Farrell street playhouse. 
It is not an exaggeration to state that anyone who saw the pro- 
duction brought from the East a year or so ago need think this 
local production would suffer by comparison, for it really is a 
significant triumph for the Alcazar players. 

The play itself has become as famous as its sponsor, David 




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the Orpheum 
Belasco. who fortunately for us, happens to be brother to Fred- 
erick Belasco, head of the Alcazar organization. If it is to 
this blood tie that we owe its appearance here in stock, then 
we are indeed glad that the two Belascos were born under one 
roof. "Polly With a Past" is a remarkable comedy, full of 
side-splitting situations and clever dialogue, and in the hands 
of the Alcazar players it is indeed a credit to David Belasco 
himself. 

Every member of the cast seems so particularly good in the 
role assumed that it is difficult to pick any for special tribute. 
Vaughan Morgan, but recently added to the company, plays 
the leading male role and adds to the very favorable impres- 
sion he made on his initial appearance last week. It is a part 
full of opportunity, for he discovers that he loves the girl who 
has been helping him to win the maiden of his first choice, and 
he makes the most of each situation. Belle Bennett, as Polly, 
the minister's little daughter, who assumes a vermillion "past" 
and poses as Mademoiselle Paulette Baudit to fit into the 
scheme hatched by the young man's friends to straighten out 
his love affairs, is covering herself with new laurels. As the 
dashing French charmer, whose misdoings are legion, and in 
broken English with a garnishing of "wee, wee." "Merci," and 



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"la. las," and with an imagination surely inherited from some 
ancestor further back than her ministerial father, she not only 
plays the part remarkably well but she looks it also. She has 
never appeared to better advantage than in the second act 
where she sweeps into the center of things in a brilliant red 
gown and hat that screech indeed at the sober people and 
things about her. On demand she changes her manner to suit 
either part, and both are the kind particularly suited to her 
natural characteristics of voice and manner. 

Walter P. Richardson plays the sort of a breezy, rollicking 
chap where he appears most natural and young. Jean Oliver 
plays the serious little miss, Myrtle Davis, who is engrossed 
in reforming erring souls, and particularly one man of all 
work, Stiles, a character part well done by Al Cunningham. 
Thomas Chatterton, as Prentice Van Zile, the hero's uncle, is 
particularly good in his part, which is somewhat out of the run 
of the kind of thing he is usually cast for. His rather middle- 
aged appearance and manner are very good. Henry Shumer. 
to whom, as director of the play, much credit is due. does a 
temperamental bit in the last act, when he appears very much 
alive as a Russian pianist reported to have shot himself be- 
cause of his love for Mademoiselle Paulette. Emilie Melville 
once more appears in a grand dame part which she always 
does so well, and Edna Shaw, as Mrs. Davis, mother of the 
young reformer, adds to the merriment in her caustic remarks. 
Emily Pinter, unusually cast in the minor role of maid, is earn- 
ing a well-earned rest. Completing the cast, and much to their 
credit in each case, are Rafael Brunetta as Clay Collom, an 
interior decorator, and Arthur Be'.asco, follower of the deep 
sea and authority on feminine charms. 

The settings of the three acts are simple and appropriate 

and there is never a dull moment in the entertainment. It was 

a happy choice of vehicle for the company, and the prediction 

that this piece will stay on the boards more than one week is 

very likely to be a true one. 

* * * 

Gondoliers to be Given. 

Gilbert and Sullivan's famous comic opera "The Gondoliers," 
will be produced by the California Singers on the waters of 
Lake Merritt on the evening of July 30, for the benefit of the 
Community Placement Bureau and the War Veterans of Ala- 
meda County. 

The production will be in the form of a "Venetian Night's 
Entertainment" and will be staged on an immense floating 
barge near the shore of the cove at the north end of the lake. 
At this point a natural amphitheatre is formed by the sloping 
lawns. With the aid of the natural advantages, an engineer has 
reported. 10,000 persons can be comfortably seated in specially 
built boxes and stands. The acoustic qualities of the cove, sur- 
rounded by trees with heavy foliage, are almost perfect, ac- 
cording to an expert who has examined the locations. The 
lighting effects, with the use of hundreds of Japanese lanterns 
and a newly invented projection machine for color shadography 
will surpass anything yet attempted in the West. 

The setting will represent a Venetian portico, with canals 
and palaces in the background. With trees and water reflec- 
tions as a background some remarkable color magic will be 
produced. 

The costumes will be designed by Norman Edwards of the 
San Francisco Institute of Fine Arts, a designer of colors whom 
critics hold to be supreme in his field in the West. 

Anita Peters Wright will be mistress of ballet. Under her 
direction will be interpolated a Harlequinade between the acts 
of the opera, designed to represent a Venetian carnival scene 
with masked pierrots and pierrettes. 

Frederick Schiller, who organized the California Singers, 
will direct the opera. George Lask known to opera-goers since 
the old Tivoli days, will act as stage manager. 

The entire profits of the production will go to clear off a 
deficit from the books of the Community Placement Bureau 
and to provide future working capital for the bureau and the 
War Veterans of Alameda County. The Community Place- 
ment Bureau was organized for the purpose of securing em- 
ployment for returned soldiers and aiding them in other ways. 

The committee in charge of the production is as follows : 
Jesse Robinson, chairman, representing East Bay Civic Organ- 
ization; Colonel H. M. Smitten, representing the Community 
Placement Bureau; William B. Moyle, representing the War 



Veterans of Alameda County, and Frederick Schiller, repre- 
senting the California singers. 

* * * 

Greek Theatre. — "Miriam, Sister of Moses," a Biblical play, 
written by Constance Smedley Armfield, London novelist and 
playwright, and starring Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, will 
be produced at the Greek Theatre by the Music and Drama 
Committee of the University of California on the nights of 
August 1 and 2. The entire production has been created for 
the two performances at the Greek Theatre. The play, music, 
scenic effects, costumes, dances and choruses, have been orig- 
inated especially for this production. The music was written by 
Professor E. G. Stricklen, a member of the faculty in the music 
department of the university. He composed the music sev- 
eral years ago for the Bohemian Club play and his original 
works have received high acknowledgement. Ted Shawn, who 
will play the role of Moses in the play, is training a class of a 
hundred dance students to appear in the ballets, which he has 
originated for the production. He is training the ballets at 
Wildwood Gardens, Piedmont. Maxwell Armfield, husband 
of the author and a recognized English decorative artist, has 
designed the costumes and scenic effects. He has studied ihe 
color schemes presented at the Greek Thatre and as a con- 
sequence has worked out costumes that blend together and 
with the grey stone walls of the place. Frederick Alexander, 
head of the music department at the summer session of the 
university, is training the choruses. He wiil also conduct the 
orchestra at the two performances. The production is under 
the direction of Professor Samuel J. Hume, art director of the 
Greek Theatre. Besides appearing as a dramatic actress in 
the role of Miriam, Miss St. Denis will present a series of 
original dances which she has created for the occasion. This 
will be the first time in more than a score of years that the 

famous dance artist has had a speaking part on the stage. 

* * * 

Orpheum. — Grace La Rue who will head the Orpheum bill 
next week is one of vaudeville's greatest and most popular 
stars. She is an artist to the tips of her fingers and an inter- 
national favorite. Miss La Rue possesses the voice of a prima 
donna and the histronic ability of a dramatic star. These two 
qualifications form a combination which together with her in- 
gratiating personality justify her claims to being the star of 
international song. Miss La Rue brings with her new songs 
and most delightful entertainment may be anticipated from her 
efforts. Jack Clifford and Miriam Wills will present their 
inimitable skit, "At Jasper Junction," in which Mr. Clifford 
displays his marvelous versatility by impersonating an ancient 
rural station agent and a drug fiend. Miss Wills assists him 
most materially and is in pleasing evidence as the live passen- 
ger in a dead town. Deiro, the original master of the piano- 
accordeon is one of the most popular stars on the Orpheum 
Circuit. For his coming engagement he announces an entirely 
new programme which has been selected to suit the popular 
taste. Theodore Bekefi. who for six years, was a member of 
the Imperial Ballet, Petrograd, will appear in character and 
classical dances. He will have the assistance of Sofia Scherer 
and Lorraine Marie Wise, terpsichoreans of splendid reputa- 
tion. Bekefi comes from a famous dancing family. He was 
the dancing partner of Adelaide Genee in London and later 
toured America with her. Harry Hines will let loose in a new 
monologue ; Eddie Janis and Renee Chaplow will vary the num- 
bers in their delightful musical act, "Music Hath Charms." The 
Jahns will perform marvelous equilibristic feats and Taylor 
Granville and Laura Pierpont will repeat their tremendous suc- 
cess in the thrilling patriotic melodrama, "An American Ace." 
» • * 

Alcazar. — "Within the Law" stands out luminously as the 
most vital and vibrant emotional melodrama of the period. It 
will be given first Alcazar presentation for the week commenc- 
ing next Sunday afternoon at a time when its theme is of pe- 
culiar local significance from humanitarian viewpoint. It gives 
brilliant scope for emotional artistry to Belle Bennett. Walter 
P. Richardson also has his great opportunity as the master 
forger Joe Garson. and Jean Oliver finds her's as the audacious 
girl criminal Aggie Lynch — a blackmail artist of racy speech 
and frank utterance. Admirably assigned are Thomas Chat- 
terton, Vaughan Morgan. Henry Shumer, Rafael Brunetto. Al 
Cunningham, Emily Pinter. Edna Shaw and others in a cast of 
twenty vivid character types. There was never a play with 



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July 19, 1919. 



suspense more adroitly contrived or more grippingly sustained. 
It brings a few tears, many more laughs and keeps its auditors 
on edge as its tremendous message is conveyed. To follow, by 
special arrangement with Oliver Morosco, comes Maude Ful- 
ton's delightful humanity comedy, "The Brat" — the romance 
of the little waif of the night court, who causes a mighty up- 
heaval in a fashionable household. 



GEORGE ARLISS TELLS HOW 

"I like, if possible, to hear the author read his play 
before I see a manscript at all. He generally reads it very 
badly, but if he has drawn his characters from life he 
usually visualizes his models as he reads, and however badly 
he interprets you can generally catch just a breath of life which 
may vitalize your whole conception. I then attempt to fit the 
author's character upon some living person that I have met or 
observed somewhere at some time ; it may be a person I know 
well, or it may be someone I have seen in a railway train, and 
who, for some reason or other, has left an impression on my 
mind. This allows me to visualize a living character as I study 
the lines. My method of learning lines is, first to become thor- 
oughly acquainted with the whole play and then to read my 
part from beginning to end. and then read it from beginning 
to end again and to keep on reading it through until I am rough 
perfect thoroughout, the last act equally with the first. 

"The advantage I feel in this is that I do not have to unstudy 
any conception I have made in the first act by reason of an error 
as to its relation with something that takes place in a succeed- 
ing act. In reading it through to get the lines into my head I 
read it in the same way as I intend to play it — not rapidly, for 
words only, but absorbing everything at once. This may seem 
a slow method, but I feel that I get a vital conception of the 
part from beginning to end while the character is still fresh 
and before my ideas have become somewhat staled by long re- 
hearsa'.s. Of course, having arrived at this rough perfect state, 
then I give all the time I like to individual scenes or speeches. 
I do not recommend this method to you, if it doesn't appeal to 
you. We must all find out the way that suits us best. 

"We have arrived at an age when truth and sincerity govern 
every other attribute of the stage. It is possible that the best 
actors of all ages have ever striven for this, but it is the de- 
velopment of our theatre architecturally that has made it pos- 
sible for us to admit sincerity as the first consideration. If we 
go back to the time when the actor wore a mask, for instance, 
the most satisfactory performer must necessarily have been the 
man with the best voice and the clearest enunciation, two at- 
tributes that might very easily belong to the worst actors of 
today. Coming down to the days when plays were presented 
in courtyards — and that is not so very long ago — it must have 
been a hopeless task for an actor to attempt any delicate 
methods of expression. 

"Today everything is different; every effort is made to get 
perfect settings, perfect lighting and perfect acoustics, and the 
audiences are a marvel of orderliness and patience. And so we 
are enabled to adopt more natural methods of expression, and in 
the same ratio audiences have become more critical of our 
work. Therefore with the intimate modern theatre the note of 
sincerity is growing more and more imperative. 

"When I talk to you about truth and sincerity, I trust I am 
not in danger of leading you into what has been called the 
'natural school of acting.' Of course you can't always do the 
thing that is natural on the stage. You are bound to remember 
also that you have lured each member of that audience into 
the theatre, nailed him to his seat, taken $2 away from him and 
dared him to move. Now. if you don't let that poor creaiire 
see and hear all that is going on, I consider it nothing short 
of Broadway robbery. To disregard the necessary convention- 
alities merely for the sake of being natural is ridiculous and un- 
intelligent. I have witnessed a performance arranged by a 
manager of the natural school so that the principal speaker in 
a long intimate scene was seated with his back to the audience. 
There was no reason for this beyond the fact that it was sup- 
posed to look natural ; in reality, it looked ugly and was ex- 
ceedingly irritating. 

"Of course, one can never be really, truly 'natural' on the 
stage. Acting is a bag of tricks. The thing to learn is how 
to be unnatural, and just how unnatural to be under given con- 
ditions. Many plays appear to be natural to the casual audi- 



ence, but are in reality perfectly artificial from beginning to 
end. To play these naturally would be an equivalent to an 
artist sticking real leaves on his painted canvas in order to 
suggest a natural tree. Half the fund and half the art of the 
actor is to play such pieces artificially while appearing to play 
them naturally." 



TAHOE LANDS RESTORED 

Upon the recommendation of Secretary of the Interior Lane 
and Secretary of Agriculture Houston, the President has signed 
a proclamation excluding scattered tracts of non-forest lands 
from the Tahoe National Forest, in California and Nevada, and 
La Sal National Forest, in Utah, and restoring the public lands 
therein, subject to such disposition, to homestead entry in ad- 
vance of settlement. Such lands will become subject to entry 
only under the homestead laws requiring residence at and after 
nine o'clock a. m. August 21, and to settlement and other dis- 
position on and after August 28, 1919. 

There will be so restored approximately 16,000 acres in 
eastern California, chiefly surveyed, and 1.000 acres in Washoe 
county, Nevada, all surveyed, which are reported to be non- 
agricultural lands and to have a very limited value for graz- 
ing purposes, and about 7.320 acres in San Juan and Grand 
counties. Utah, chiefly surveyed and over 1,000 acres with- 
drawn for coal classification and subject to surface homestead 
entry only. It is reported that one-third of these Utah lands 
is suitable for dry-farming and the remainder for grazing pur- 
poses. 



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THE MYSTERY OF SINGALONG ROAD 



By Frederick Ferdinand Moore 



STRANGE coincidences, queer dreams and supernatural 
things, have always interested me, and I have spent 
enough time in my life puzzling my brains over mys- 
teries to have fitted me for almost any profession. In the be- 
ginning I wish it understood that I am not a detective, nor 
have I any interest in tales which are manufactured simply to 
mystify a reader, for they are generally put together with the 
logical beginning at the end and worked out backwards, a 
simple trick which a plumber's helper might use as well as 
some of the leaders in that class of literary legerdemain. 

Nothing ever happens without a cause. That is a common- 
place statement, but the trick is to find the cause when you 
have the result. I stumbled upon a case a few years ago, 
which was explained by all who heard of it as simple. There 
was nothing to it but that the man was mad — according to the 
detectives and a coroner's jury. I believed otherwise, but 
held my peace, even after I had solved the problem, not caring 
to be regarded as a lunatic by my friends and the newspapers. 

It happened in Manila. I lived in the suburbs in the Paco 
district. My bungalow was but one block from the Paco Po- 
lice Station and after my evening stroll on the Luneta, I fre- 
quently dropped into the station to chat with the lieutenant, 
who had a cabinet full of mysteries ticketed and numbered. 
He regarded them unsolvable, so did not bother his head about 
them, preferring to read the American papers and discuss prize 
fights thousands of miles away a month after they had become 
puglistic history at home. 

The station is at the intersection of Singalong Road and 
Calle Real, and a cool breeze blows in from the bay in the 
evening, bringing with it the scent of the ylang-ylang trees 
and the whispering of the surf on the Malate beach. It is a 
quiet place to smoke a cigar, and on the evening of which I 
write I was on the veranda of the building with a Perfecto be- 
tween my teeth and my chair tilted back against the cool stone 
front of the office. 

A tagalog ice-cream seller was coming down Singalong Road 
with his buckets dangling at the end of a bamboo pole and as 
he cried "Sorbete! Sorbete!" a tree toad in a big fir tree 
croaked answers to him. 

Under a rattling arc lamp which was the center of a cloud 
of droning insects, the passers-by were exposed to me for a 
minute as they entered the halo of light and then went on into 
the darkness. I saw white-clad Filipinos strolling with their 
senoritas, troopers in khaki from Fort Malate. Chinese women 
with children in gaudy head-dresses and silken pantaloons, 
stalwart Sikhs in high turbans and voluble German merchants, 
natives with their fighting cocks tucked under their arms, and 
all the strange people who make up the population of cosmo- 
politan Manila passing in review before me. 

The lieutenant was scratching at a book with a pen inside 
the window, making out some report. Bells tinkled in intervals, 
and had to be answered as a matter of routine, for all the pa- 
trolmen outside kept constantly in touch with their headquar- 
ters. The station was a nerve center of Manila, and I felt as 
if I were at the pole of a section of the world around which 
several thousand human beings were revolving. 

I keenly enjoyed the peace and calmness of — What was 
that? From far up Singalong Road came a yell of terror. It 
was the shriek of a soul on the brink of doom. A mouth had 
been opened and the breath had been forced out in an inarticu- 
late cry without any control of the muscles, involuntarily, and 
there was no mistaking the fact that whoever uttered it was 
overcome with horror. 

I could not tell whether it was man, woman or animal, but 
it brought me to my feet, and in an instant the stream of 
humanity in the street had stopped as if paralyzed. 

"What was that?" asked the lieutenant. 

I was about to speak when I noticed a white figure in the 
middle of Singalong Road, about six blocks away, running 
wildly toward the station house. There is a light at each cor- 
ner, and I remember that I glimpsed the figure five times as 



it passed beneath lights. On it came, until it was abreast of 
the green lamp of the station, when it stopped, threw up both 
hands and shrieked again, and then to our surprise, dashed 
through the door and into the office of the lieutenant. 

The runner was a native. His face was a mask of mortal 
terror. He was shivering, in fact his whole body quivered 
continuously in a convulsion, and his eyes were seemingly try- 
ing to pop out of his skull from behind wide-open lids. 

When he saw the lieutenant, he threw himself face down- 
ward on the floor and moaned and squirmed as though in un- 
bearable physical anguish. 

The lieutenant grasped him by the collar of his duck coat 
and unceremoniously pulled him to his feet, but the poor fel- 
low's knees were shaking so that I had to help the lieutenant 
hold him in an upright position. 

"What is the matter with you?"' asked the lieutenant in the 
Tagalog tongue. 

"Kill me! Kill me!" moaned the fellow. "For the love of all 
the saints, break my neck and stick my head on a fence post, 
that men may know that death follows the taking of human 
life. Kill me! Oh, Tentiente mio, kill me, for there is blood on 
my hands, and that awful thing is hanging in the closet! Have 
mercy on me and choke me with the rope, and feed my body to 
the birds !" 

"Whom have you killed?" demanded the lieutenant. 

"Pedro Salvador, the rice-cutter. Six years ago I choked 
him to death for his box of silver pesos, which he had been 
saving all his life. Then I hanged his body in the closet so 
that it would look like he had done it himself. And his bones 
are there now, but the Americano who lives in the house now 
cannot see them, for he hangs his coat beside them, and hangs 
his hat on the staring skull, and puts his shoes near the bones 
of the feet, but he cannot see the bones of Pedro. They took 
down his body and buried it, and I went away to sea. but his 
bones still hang there, and only I can see them, for I killed 
him. Kill me! Kill me! It is the law of God!" 

"Where did you kill him?" 

"Up there in Singalong Road. Six years ago I killed him, 
and I wanted to see the place I left him hanging. It is written 
that all murderers must return to the place of the kill, so to- 
night I went and looked into the closet. There were his bones, 
which are buried in the Paco Cemetery, but hang there to haunt 
me. I only wanted to look at the place — I did not think the 
bones were there. I only wanted to see the place again, that I 
might sleep better, so I became a servant of the Americano 
who lives there. But the bones are there, so be merciful and kill 
me according to law." 

We tried to get more out of him and clear up the details, but 
he went back to muttering jargon and we could not understand 
him. 

"Crazy as a flea," said the lieutenant, and he put the Filipino 
away in a cell, telling him, simply to comfort him, that he 
would kill him in the morning after breakfast, according to the 
law. 

"To satisfy myself. I will look through the records and 
see if there was a murder in Singalong Road during the past 
six years but I have been in Paco eight years now, as police- 
man, corporal, sergeant and lieutenant, and I know of no mur- 
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drawers in his cabinet and went through them. He could find 
no record of a Filipino having been murdered in Singalong 
Road, or in any of the nearby streets. 

An hour slipped away while we unfolded the dusty papers 
and read them and put them back again. The faint moans 
which had come from the Fiiippino's cell had gradually died 
away. 

"He is probably sleeping off the effects of some drug," said 
the lieutenant, and he went down the corridor to take a peep 
at the prisoner. 

The lieutenant held up his lantern when we came to the 
cell, and we were startled to see our Filipino calmly looking 
out at us from between the bars. Then we observed that his 
head was crooked in a peculiar manner, and that his eyes re- 
flected the light strangely. Closer examination showed that 
the Filipino had hanged himself from the bars of the ce'.l door 
with his belt, and was quite dead. He had evidently decided 
not to wait until morning and avail himself of the lieutenant's 
promise to take his life "according to law." 

That was the end of the matter for the lieutenant. I was not 
so sure that the Filipino was a lunatic. At least I believed 
that if he had come to the station a lunatic, he had not gone 
mad without some unusual cause. I had a suspicion that there 
might be more in his confession of murder than the lieutenant 
was inclined to credit or the records prove. 

I puzzled for weeks over the mystery, until I found it an 
annoyance. It would pop into my head at dinner, at the the- 
atre, or when I wanted to think about something else, and it 
kept me awake many a night when I needed sleep badly. 

I dropped in at the Army and Navy Club in the Walled City 
one day, and met Dr. Lindsay, an army surgeon. I had known 
him in the States, and supposed that he was stationed at the 
Presidio of San Francisco, so is was a pleasant surprise to 
find an old friend in Manila. 

"Come out to my house for dinner," he said. "My wife will 
be delighted. We have a house in Singalong Road and are 
very comfortably situated." 

I dined that evening at the Landsay bungalow. We were 
smoking on the veranda when Dr. Lindsay asked me to step in- 
side and look at some curios he had bought in Singapore while 
on his way to Manila from New York by way of the Suez 
Canal. 

He turned up the light and opened the door of a closet. From 
a lot of cast-off clothing hanging on the hooks, he pulled forth 
some bunches of purple coral, a carved backbone of a shark, 
and various other Oriental souvenirs. He took down a Chinese 
Mandarin's coat and exposed a perfect human skeleton hang- 
ing behind it. 

"The skeleton?" he said. "Oh, I brought that out for the 
medical school, but I have been so busy that I have not de- 
livered it. Don't let it get on your nerves — it is made of papier 
mache and is used in anatomy class." 

I assured him that I was not nervous and he rattled on about 
his curios. "I am looking for a servant," he remarked. "I 
hired a jewel a few weeks ago, but he only stayed a day. He 
was a sailor and smart as tacks. I imagine the skeleton fright- 
ened him out of his wits. I heard him yell the first evening he 
was here, and when I rushed out to see what the rumpus was 
he had gone through the front window and was running like a 
haie. This closet door was open and he had pulled down that 
jacket I leave over it. He very likely thousj'it the skeletal 
was the remains of one of my servants and decHe 1 tha' he 
did not want his job. See this sword-cane— I go: it for 2 
St; aits dollar from a beggar in Madras Bob's public i.cuse." 

I imagine the doctor and his wife wondered why I left so 
abruptly that evening. I went straight to the police station. 

"We could find no murder in Singalong Road, lieutenant." 
said I. "why not look under the records of suicides?" 

"Help yourself." he said pleasantly, and went on reading h's 
paper, for he regarded me as something of a pest. I suppose, 
when he had a mystery on his hands. 

I found a record of "Suicide" six years old and the number 
of the house was the same as Dr. Lindsay's bungalow. The 
account read: 

"Pedro Salvador, rice cutter, age 64, widower, was found 
dead hanging in a closet. Cause, suicide. A small cedar box. 
such as natives use to keep their money in, was found on the 
closet floor empty. It had contained money. He probably lost 
all his savings by gambling at the cock-pit and ended his life 



while despondent. It was first supposed to be a murder. He 
was a servant in the house. Reported by Officer Stapleton." 

"Lieutenant, have you ever heard that murderers return to 
the scenes of their crimes?" I asked. 

"Oh, certainly," he drawled. "It is particularly common 
among Filipinos, but it seems to be true of all races. Why do 
you trouble yourself in the hot weather about that ~hap that 
came in here a month ago? I don't believe he ever killed so 
much as a cat, but he's dead anyhow, so that settler it. Here's 
a cigar — forget it." 

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July 19, 1919. 



A NEGATIVE SEQUENCE 



By Leijrh Gordon Giltner 



VANDIVER had the camera craze in its worst form. The 
only wonder was that he had failed to develop it earlier, 
since from his infancy he had caught everything that was 
in the air — from measles to Anglomania. 

He had countless whims and vagaries — and abundant means 
wherewith to indulge them. He went in for every fad and 
fancy of the period; he wheeled and played polo; he coached 
and fenced and golfed in turn. Within the space of three 
years he had run the gamut of every period and every na- 
tionality, ranging from early Colonial to Louis Quinze. from 
Oriental luxury to primitive simplicity, in the furnishings of his 
alti active apartments — regardless of any consideration of time 
or season or fitness. 

The Russian craze struck him in early September, during a 
particularly torrid season, and he accordingly received his 
ir'ends in an anomalous fur-trimmed garment (with perspira- 
tion oozing from every pore the while) ; offered them tea made 
with a very obvious samovar, and treated them to koumiss, 
which inevitably made them ill. Three months later his callers 
shivered on chill straw mattings under a canopy of Japanese 
lanterns and umbrellas, stumbled over sleeping blocks and ran 
into purposeless screens and useless, if decorative, tall jars 
which at all points beset their unwary steps, and before they 
had time to accustom themselves to what Lorimer irreverently 
styled "Vandiver's junk shop," a bevy of men who dropped in 
on him one evening found him in full Turkish costume from fez 
to slippers, seated cross-legged on a striped divan, smoking a 
nargelleh and surrounded with Oriental draperies and furnish- 
ings; while his man. similarly attired, would have served them 
with some unspeakable Turkish drink, had not Hibbard (who 
had the courage of his convictions), protested and insisted 
upon the substitution of a cocktail. 

Therefore, when one evening in Lorimer's rooms. Vandiver 
announced a newly acquired interest in photographic art, and 
his intention of investing in a camera the following day, Moc- 
quet and Hibbard exchanged smiles and meaning glances, 
while Lorimer. who had borne the brunt of all Vandiver's en- 
thusiasms and ceased to find them amusing, sighed resignedly. 

"Yes," Vandiver was saying. "I shall certainly fit myself 
out tomorrow. I haven't quite decided between a bulb and a 
button release. Which should you advise, Dick?" 

"Neither," answered Lorimer decidedly, "they're more 
trouble than they are worth. I've tried it and I know. But if 
you want to experiment, take my 'Magazine.' It's there in the 
closet, and you're welcome to it as long as you want it. which 
I fancy won't be a century. Don't waste your sheckels on a 
camera, Van — you'll need all your surplus for supplies." 

"You'll find it beastly hard work if you do your own develop- 
ing — and it's no fun if you don't," put in Hibbard. "I saved 
myself half to death and soured a naturally sweet temper 
with my kodak. I finally worked it off on a fellow I had a 
grudge against. Ever do anything with yours. Mocquet?" 

And while Mocquet was detailing his experience which ap- 
peared to have consisted chiefly of "fogged plates," "under 
exposures" or "over-developments," Lorimer was dragging 
down from the top shelves of a closet, camera, ruby lamp and 
developing trays — a complete amateur outfit, the manipulation 
of which he proceeded to explain to the attentive Vandiver. 
He drew out a plate holder to display its mechanism, and dis- 
covered from its weight that it was not empty. 

"Hello, it's loaded!" he said. He took up another. "And 
this — and this. They're all loaded. Van. Don't know whether 
they're any good or not — haven't used the machine for an age 
— but you might experiment with them. Your first lot will 
likely be failures, anyhow. Here are three plates that seem 
to have been exposed — haven't an idea what they are or 
where I made them. Suppose you take 'em along and de- 
velop them with yours.'" 

Within two days, Vandiver had fitted up a dark room, had 
exposed the nine remaining plates in Lorimer's magazine, and 



at last, triumphant and happy, was developing them by the 
weird light of the dingy ruby lamp. His own efforts proved 
for the most part failures. Of Lorimer's three plates one was 
"fogged," the second was a picture of his dog "Blix," and the 
third — Van fairly trembled with excitement when the outlines 
of a girl's figure stood out upon the plate, almost the instant 
the developer touched it. She was seated with careless grace 
in an old-fashioned swing in a veritable bower of leaf and 
blossom, and despite the unbecoming reversal of light and 
shade, Vandiver was sure that she was young and pretty. His 
prophetic soul scored one when he made a print from the nega- 
tive. She was more than pretty — she was beautifu' — in hei 
wide hat and white gown, with the blossoms all about her. The 
pose, though unstudied, was perfect. Her face was slightly 
lifted, and her eyes (which Vandiver felt sure were violet), 
were set in a look of dreamy abstraction. The picture was 
really artistic and its central figure charming. Vandiver lost 
his heart and head simultaneously. He instantly wired Lori- 
mer (who was at Nahant), to know just where the picture was 
taken, and when that unsympathetic wretch wired in answer: 
"Haven't an idea. Oshkosh or Showegan, probably," Vand ver 
took the next train for the shore — only to find that Lorimer had 
flitted to Ashbury Park. He followed, and chanced upon Hib- 
bard who furnished the cheering information that Lorimer had 
gcr.e to spend a week with his latest fiancee at Newport, wheie 
her father had a cottage. Nothing daunted. Vand ; ver pursued 
his prey, dragged him unwillingly from his betrothed, showed 
him the picture which he had had toned and mounted by a 
skilled professional (neglecting to mention that he was wear'ng 
a duplicate in miniature in his watch), implored him for in- 
fcrmat'on as to the original and raved as only Vandiver could 
when he gave his mind to a subject. Lorimer who at first had 
d splayed slight interest in the matter, woke up at the s r ght 
of the picture. 

"Jove! she's a beaut, isn't she?" he exclaimed. "I remem- 
ber it perfectly now. It was when I was down in Lex'ngton 
with Courtney — you remember Hugh Courtney? and I was 
prowling 'round on the outskirts of the town with my kodak 
one afternoon, snapping everything in sight, when I chanced 
upon a quaint stately old place — the typical Kentucky and 
vine. There was a swing on a remote corner of the wide, shady 
lawn, and in it. oh, Jupiter, Van! With some sort of a flower'ng 
shrub as a background was a — well, I won't try to describe 
her — you've seen her picture. She didn't see me. and I didn't 
mean that she should. She seemed abstracted, though a group 
of noisy children were playing near at hand. She was sitting 
quite sti 1 with her eyes, lovely, dark-lashed violet eyes, old 
fellow, fixed on vacancy. I set the camera, and had just 
pressed the button, when she glanced up and saw me. I fled 
precipitately, iejoicing. however, in the knowledge that I'd 
secured a corking picture. I meant to ask Courtney all about 
her, but when I got back to town I found a telegram from 
Dolly (I was 'rushing' Dolly Carter at the time) just back 
from a summer abroad and 'dying to have me join her in New 
York,' as she prettily put it — and of course I forgot everything 
else after that. I left Kentucky that evening, and I had not 
thought of the picture since." 

Four hours later. Vandiver was speeding southward, with 
such meager information as Lorimer was able to give him re- 
garding his Dulcinea whom he meant to find at any cost. What 
dreams he dreamt, what pictures his fancy painted as he 
flashed across the autumn landscape; how his heart throbbed 
as he crossed the boundaries of the "Bluegrass" and neared 
Lexington, the home of his fair unknown! He drew out the 
picture and gazed at it surreptitiously. What a patrician face 
it was! (Vandiver was a fanatic as to family). How proudly 
the little head lifted itself upon the slender throat! How 
graceful the attitude! How pretty and natural the pose! A 
typical Kentucky beauty, "thoroughbred all through" Vandiver 
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father, the gracious mistress of a stately old Southern home, 
the pet of the household, the pride of a circle of admiring 
friends. His eagerness and impatience increased in inverse 
ratio to the distance between him and his inamorata. 

He confided the whole story to Courtney, who heard him 
with cordial interest, helped him to locate the place, and gave 
him all the information that he could bring to his command. 

"Yes," Courtney concluded, "the Frothinghams — Eastern 
people who have recently come to Kentucky — own the place. I 
know Mr. and Mrs. Frothingham slightly, but they've no grown 
children, and I can't quite account for the girl in the case. 
Probably a relative or guest. I'm no end sorry I've this trip 
to Frankfort on. But I'll be back Thursday, when I'll look 
into the matter and take you to call if you like." 

But Vandiver's impatience would brook no delay, and that 
afternoon found him ascending the steps of the Frothingham 
domicile armed with Courtney's card of introduction. His 
heart was beating tumultuously, and his hands were cold with 
suppressed excitement, for as he came up the terraced walk, he 
had seen a face at an upper window — and the face was the 
face of the picture! He was shown into the drawing room, 
and before he had time to pull himself together he was facing 
Mrs. Frothingham, and (as he subsequently confided to Court- 
ney) feeling like a fool. Mrs. Frothingham was scarcely a 
person calculated to inspire tender confidences. She was an 
imposing matron, with a crisp Eastern accent, a brusque man- 
ner and a pair of disconcertingly keen eyes, reinforced by 
a pince nez perched upon a sharply acquiline nose. 

She had evidently not lived in Lexington long enough to 
realize to the full the value of the Courtney name, for her man- 
ner was untempered by any degree of warmth. She waited for 
Vandiver to develop his errand, with an air which made his 
delicate errand the more delicate and difficult. After the brief- 
est possible interchange of civilities, he plunged into the highly 
artistic and plausible explanation he had previously prepared. 

But his wonted aplomb deserted him, before the disconcerting 
glare of the glasses and the glacial manner of their wearer. He 
stammered, floundered, forgot his lines and bungled his ef- 
fects, while his hostess "gorgonized" him with a stony, Boston 
stare, until finally, in sheer desperation, he produced the por- 
trait, and submitting it to the inspection of the eye-glasses, 
suggested that possibly Mrs. Frothingham would be kind 
enough to assist him in identifying the subject — in whom he 
was interested on purely artistic grounds. 

Mrs. Frothingham scrutinized the portrait a moment in ab- 
solute silence — a very uncomfortable moment for Vandiver — 
and then, rising and returning it (she held it as if it burnt her 
fingers), responded in tones which sent the thermometer rac- 
ing zeroward : 

"Most certainly. The portrait is that of Nora Flannigan. my 
children's nurse, and you will pardon my saying that, in my 
opinion, she would have been better employed in looking after 
her charges than in attitudinizing for the benefit of the passers- 
by. I bid you good afternoon, Mr. Vandiver." 



RAPHAEL WEILL, FIRST CITIZEN, RETURNS 

Raphael Weill, San Francisco's first citizen, is back from 
"over there." Mr. Weill was in France on August 1, 1914, the 
fateful day when the German hordes were turned loose. He 
remained there until September when he returned to America 
and San Francisco. 

April. 1916, again found him in Paris giving all of his ener- 
gies in the struggle for human freedom. Just what his own 
part was may never be fully known as he will not tell it other 
than to say his time was fully occupied. 

Speaking of the objects attained in the struggle he has this 
to say: "It has sounded the death knell forever of mendacious 
diplomacy and has shown the fallacy of the boche sentiment 
that one nation can lift itself above and rule all humanity. 
Many good things are sure to develop out of this wicked war. 
But none will be greater than peace." 

When the exact time of Mr. Weill's arrival was learned 
Mayor Rolph and other city officials arranged a fitting greeting 
for him and the entire city turned out to do him homage. In 
his apartments at the St. Francis Hotel his pictures and art ob- 
jects, the things he loves best, were replaced for him, and 
Raphael Weill with philosophy of help for every man, woman 
and child who came beneath his notice is indeed home again. 



FAIRMONT HOLDING ITS OWN 

Notwithstanding the fact that a goodly portion of the popu- 
lation is adjourning at the seaside, Yosemite Valley and sum- 
mer resorts generally. Rainbow Lane in the Fairmont Hotel 
continues to be the nightly Mecca of a large number of pleas- 
ure seekers who enjoy a a good dinner well served, a dance be- 
tween courses and a bright entertainment that lasts from seven 
o'clock until one. In addition to the diners, many after-theatre 
parties drop in, enjoy a glass of cider, gingerale, malted milk 
or loganberry punch, and marvel at the snappiness of Pearl 
Loweree, the "American Chanteuse," whose "Jazz" numbers 
are the talk of the town. Assisted by Henry Busse. the cornet- 
ist, who is the despair of all other players of the instrument in 
the country, Pearl gives a succession of specialties that are ab- 
solutely unique and original and gives the onlooker a species of 
intoxication that takes the place of that provided by the late la- 
mented John Barleycorn. Rudy Seiger, director of music and 
entertainment for the Linnard hotels, hopes to retain the young 
S?.n Franciscan for a long time, but already the eyes of vaude- 
ville magnates have looked upon her and it is feared that she 
will be captured for the "big time." Vanda Hoff, whose beau- 
tiful nature dances continue to create a sensation, is another of 
the many bright features of Rainbow Lane. Marion Vecki, the 
distinguished San Francisco baritone, will be the vocal soloist 
of the Lobby Concert at the Fairmont Hotel this Sunday even- 
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A Boston man who was passing the night at a hotel in 

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When yo' wants to be called in de mawnin' all yo' has to do 
is jest to press de button at de head of yo' bed. Den we comes 
up an' calls you." — Boston Transcript. 



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announced of Miss Gwendolyn Morris to Earle Kaufman. 
RHODES-GORDAN. — Mr. and Mrs. G. Rhodes announce the 

of their daughter, Margaret, to Jack J. Gordan. 
WEDDINGS. 
osTROM-GILBRIDE.— The marriage of Miss Wlllah May Ostrom and 

Dr. Roderick Francis GUbride of Mill Valley took place In thla city 

at St. Mary's Cathedral on July 10, 
TAFT-MARWEDEL.— Mise Dorothy Tuft, daughter of Mrs. Henry Tui'i. 

was married to Mr. George A. Marwedel of Fruitvale in St. Paul's 

church, Oakland, on Tuesday afternoon. 
LUNCHEONS. 

taylor. — Mrs. "William h. Taylor Jr. entertained her bridge eluo al 

luncheon at her home in Menlo Park Friday, 

WILLIAMSON. — Miss Loraa Williamson gave a luncheon Wednesday 
afternoon in compliment to Miss Amy Requa. 

TEAS. 

mauwedel. — Miss Martha Sutton was the «uest of honor at a tea 
which was given recently by Mrs. C. A. Marwedel at her home in 

Fii't. - nth avenue. 

DINNERS. 

i i i i kk. — Monday night a dinner- was given by Mr. and Mrs. w, Frank 
Fuller at their attractive apartments in Powell street for Mr. and 
Mrs, H. Savage Robbins. 

FOGARTY. — Commander and Mrs. William E. Fogarty gave a dinnei for 
Mr. and Mrs. Louis de Laveaga Cebrian. who have recently returned 
from their wedding trip last Saturday. 

FOLGER. — Mrs. Ernest FDlger i haperoned a party of young people at 
a dinner dance at Rainbow Lane on Tuesday night. 

TUCKER. — Mr. and Mrs. James Ellis Tucker were dinner hosts Wed- 
nesday evening to Colonel Antoine Depage and Captain and Mme. 
Van de Velde at the tavern at the summit of Mt. Tamalpals. 

SUPPERS. 
GHIRAR] >ELLI. — Monday evening Miss Corona Ghirardelli entertained 

at supper at her home in Pacific avenue for Mrs. Otto B. Trigg. 

who leaves for the East on August 1 to join Captain Trigg, who has 

returned from overseas. 
THERIGT, — Mr, and Mrs. Ferdinand Tli.ii.it entertained some thirty or 

more of their friends at Burlingame recently by having them at a 

supper party with bridge preceding this, it was complimentary to 

Or. Max Rothschild, whose birthday it was, 
PICNICS. 

CHAMBERLAIN.— Mr. and Mrs. Selah Chamberlain entertained their 
Mends from the peninsula neighborhood at a picnic recently. 

WEEK-ENDS. 
CLAMPETT. — Miss Cornelia Clampett spent the week-end at Lake T;i- 

hoe as the guest of Miss Dorothy Mann, 
i »i;i 'A* ; ED.- Colonel Antoine Depage of Belgium and Captain and Mme, 

Van de Velde passed the week-end in San M iteo 
Fl'LLAM.— Miss Rhoda Fullam and Miss I the week 

end at the Pope country placi 
MX far. — Mr. and Mrs. Frederick McNear entertained a few friends 

over the week-end at their home at Monlo Park. 
SESNONS.— Pino Alto, thi be fu1 countn I f the William I, 

Sesnons, will be th< scene of a gay house party which will take 

place over the coming week-end. About twenty of the youngei el 

have been invited. 

DANCES. 

STEVENS. — In honor of Lieutenant and Mrs. John Bright Burnham, 

Colonel and .Mrs. j. w. Stevens entertained at a supper- dance al 

Rainbow Lane at the Fairmont Hotel last week. 

ARRIVALS. 
KilGF.R, — Mrs. Os. <r Roy Bamberger and Mrs. Clara 

Lederer are guests at the St Francis, from their homes in Philadel- 
phia, 
CASTLE. — Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Oaatle, who have been spending the past 

week at Del Monte, have returned to their apartments at the Cllft 

Hotel. 
GOODFELLOW. — Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Goodfellow have arrived from 

their ranch at Fresno and are at the Fairmont for ttie summer. 
CRELLIN. — Mrs. E. "W. Creilin has returned from a, three months visit 

to New York and is at home in VaJleJO street. 
1IERZ. — Mrs. C. Herz, who was in Brussels during the war. and her 

daughter, Mrs. Ellis Mill, r nf i^.ndon, have arrived in San Francisco 

and are visiting Mrs. Herz' daughter, Mrs. Landsbl 

HOLBROOK. — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Holbrook Jr. have returned t-> their 
home in this city after a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Melone at their 
home at Oak Knoll. Napa county. 



MORSE. — Mr. and Mrs, Samuel F. B. Morse returned from the East a few 
days ago and are at the Fairmont. 

PARROTT. — Miss Josephine Parrott returned hist Friday from Wash- 
ington. 

RYONE. — Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ryone have returned from a motOl trip and 
are occupying their apartments at the Palace Hotel. 

SPIEKER. — Mrs. J. J. Spieker has returned to her home In Ban Fran- 

i [SCO after an extend' d visit in the orient. 
THCMPSON. — Mrs. Hunt Thompson has arrived from Washington. D. C, 

and she will spend the summer In Ross Valley as the guest of Tier 

parents. Judge and Mrs, Willi am li. Hunt. 
VAN PHUL. — After a long absence in New Orleans, Mrs. William Von 
Phul and three daughters, the Misses Alzire. Mareia ami Betty Von 
Phul, have returned to San Francisco to spend the rest of the sum- 
mer. 

DEPARTURES. 

BAKER. — Herbert Baker has gone to Sacramento, where he is perma- 
nently established in business. 

BENJAMIN. — Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Benjamin and Dr. and Mrs. Frank 
Rohner have gone to Del Monte for a visit of several weeks. 

BOYD. — Miss Jean Boyd has gone to Oregon, where she will visit for six 
weeks as the guest of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Lewis. 

GERSTLE. — Accompanied by her mother, Mrs. M. Hecht. and her daugh- 
ter, Miss Louise Gerstle, Mrs. Mark Gerstle has gone to Santa Bar- 
bara. 

' ; l ' 1 1 ,1 '. — Mrs. John Guild and the Misses Dorothy and Marjorie Guild 
sailed for Honolulu on the Moana during the past week. 

HOBART. — Mrs. Lewis Hobart has gone to Independece Lake to remain 
until August. 

MOFFITT.— Dr. Herbert Moffltt accompanied Daniel (_'. Jaekling to 
Alaska last Saturday. 

PI I FLAN. — A delightful trip is being enjoyed by Miss Mary Louise 
Phelan, who took her departure the first of the week on a motor 
tour of Northern California. 

si ■( iTT, — After a week's visit in San Francisco, Mr. and Mrs. Harry 
1 Corsley Scott have returned to Monterey, where tln-\ 
a cottage for the summer. 

BFROULE. — Mrs. William Sproule. the Misses Sylvia Van Ren- i L< i 
Marie Louise Baldwin and Christine Donohoe left by motor on Mon- 
day for Lake Tahoe to be away a fortnight. 

SMITH. — Mrs. Robert Hayes Smith has gone to Sonoma county, where 
she will be the guest of Mrs. Herbert Allen, who Is spending the 
summer at the SprecklSfi ranch. 

W1RTNER. — ; Mr. and Mrs. John J. WIrtner and their daughters left 
Friday to enjoy a two weeks" vacation on the Russian river. 

ZUM WALT. — Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Zumwalt have closed their home on 

I'lay street and have gone to Lake Tahoe for the remainder of the 

summer. 

INTIMATIONS 
I i. WIS, — Mr. and Ms. Norris King Davis of San Mateo have leased the 

tuse in Montecito for the remainder of the summer, 
i i i LOWS.— Mrs. Rockliffe Fellowe of New York is the guest of Miss 

Ruth Chatterton at the Fairmont Hotel. 
HAGBN, — Lieutenant Commander Ole Hagen has received orders to re- 
port for duty at Annapolis. Mrs. Hagen and their two children will 

accompany him to his new station. 
HUNTER. — Colonel and Mrs. Alfred Hunter, who were among the most 

popular of the army people stationed here, are at present at Fort 

Hancock, New York. 

Sojourn at Lake Tahoe. 
LYMAN. — Mr. and Mrs. Edmunds Lyman have purchased the Bernard 
MANN. — Mrs. Seth Mann and Miss Dorothy Mann are enjoying a brief 

Ford place at Burlingame and will make their home there. 

M'CORMICK. — Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCormiek are away on a motor 

trip to Yosemite and Tahoe. to be gone about two > 
M'CORMICK. — Mr. and Mrs. Ernest McCormiek have taken one of the 
attractive homes on the campus at Palo Alto, where they will spend 
the summer. 
NOYES. — Mr. and Mrs. Frank No yes. who divide their time between the 
St. Francis Hotel and their country home at Napa, are spending 
the month of July at Webber lake, 
Sl'TTON. — Among the summer Visitors at Menlo Park are Mr. and Mrs. 
Effingham Sutton, who have taken the Harold 1-aw home for tl 
mainder of the summer. 
TA YL< )R. — Miss Edna Taylor is entertaining Miss Jean Howard at her 

home in Menlo Park. 
WALLACE. — Mrs. Ryland Wallace and her son. Bradley Wallai 
established for the summer at Los Altos. 



Harry Dudley, himself and his Revue is featured this 

week at Fred Solari's. Geary and Mason streets. Harry Dud- 
ley is wonderfully popular as a cafe entertainer. The enter- 
tainment is but one feature of Solari's. 



July 19, 1919. 



and California Advertiser 



17 




AN OLD TASMANIAN ROAD. 

It comes from days of agony and shame, 

This old Tasmanian road, 
When men the souls of other men might tame 

With stringing lash and goad. 

I see them at their task, those convicts gray: 

I hear a clanking chain 
That fetters man to man along the way 

Of toil and biting pain. 

On hills where yeliow-lichened she-oaks grow 

The road winds up and down 
To cross a stream, whose waters flash and flow 

Beside a ruined town. 

Gray fences by the roadway fall and rot, 
Gates, wind-swung, creak and groan; 

By unmown lawns bleak homesteads, long forgot, 
Show fronts of crumbling stone. 

And in the town are moss-grown tumbling walls 

That lapse round moldered cells. 
Where, memory-born, a brooding shadow falls, 

And of dark horror tells. 

But lanes of alien oak and burgeoning elm 

With summer's kiss are green; 
Fair from forsaken gardens flowers o'erwhelm 

The shame that once has been. 

And all the town is held by quietness; 

No more the lash and goad 
Drive broken men with aching feet to press 

This old Tasmanian road. 

So Time, the craftsman, weaves a mingled tale 

Along the changing years; 
The old dark ways of shame in beauty fail, 

Flowers bloom o'er olden tears. 

— O'Phimerlv. 



TELLIN' FRIENDS. 
"Where have ye been, then, Granny, dear, 

Out in the garden in the dark ? 
Set down, ye looks that pa'.e an' leer — 

I heer'd a voice an' went to hark. 

Who did ye talk to where the four 
Old hives be by the medder's edge? 

Was it the cows a-reachin' o'er 
To crop our cabbage "cross the hedge? 

An' why've ye got the big door-key. 

An' what's the black strip as ye hold? 
You wants a nice hot cup o' tea, 

Ye've well-nigh caught yer death o' cold!' 

"Why. lass, I"ve been to tell wi' they 
As should be told, an' took 'em these — 

The key an' crape. Who's them, d'ye say? 
There, you knows who I means — the bees. 

Ah ! just like us folk they be wise 
An. must be told aught good r' bad; 

An' so I taps to wake em — twice — 
An' tells how us've lost our lad. 



I taps the key a-top each skep, 

An' listens till I hears 'em buzz; 
Then says as they'll not hear his step 

Nor see him more — the sams as us. 

I tells 'em they must take a pride 

'Cause o' the V. C. what he won, 
An' how wi' Sussex lads he died — 

The same as what his father done — 

An' 'bout the chap he saved, as well. 

An' them as they was chargin' at; 
An' said he stung afore he fell — 

I rackon they thought well o' that! 

I wish as bees could take their part 

An' fly to where they Jarmins be, 
An' sting t' death the murderin' heart 

O' him as made this misery! 

I curse . . . a 'right, Kate, I'll bide still. 

An' curses comes home f roost; 
But mind you tells bees good 'r ili 

The same as what yer Granny used : 

So they'll be friends, an' swarm in May 
An' hive ye honey long an' late; 
They'll bring ye some good luck, I lay — 
An' pity knows us needs it, Kate!" 

— Habberton Lulham. 



CIGARETTES AND DOLLS AT TECHAU TAVERN 

Those gentlemen esteem themselves fortunate who receive 
as dance favors at Techau Tavern the large boxes of Me'ar- 
chrino cigarettes whxh the management distributes every eve- 
ning at the dinner hour and after the theatre. And no less for- 
tunate are the ladies who are given those wonderful Kewpie 
Dolls, to be had exclusively at the Tavern, which are the elite 
of dolldom and flaunt it in gowns of lustrous silk. 



Twelve classes now are conducted in San Francisco for 

immigrants as a part of the Americanization plan of the San 
Francisco Y. M. C. A., according to John R. Titsworth. Y. M. 
C. A. secretary, who is in charge of this work. The classes are 
held in various foreign sections of the city for Italian. Greek. 
French. Russian and Japanese residents. English and civics 
are the subjects taught and much progress is made by those 
who are receiving instructions. 



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San Francisco News Letter 



July 19, 1919. 





By B. J. Rosenthal. 



The one outstanding problem before the automotive industry 
of today is the low grade fuel problem. Millions of dollars 
have been expended and millions more will be spent by hun- 
dreds of manufacturers and millions more will be spent before 
each man has solved the problem to his own satisfaction. 

"Chalmers engineers have solved the problem, and those 
cars are now burning low grade fuel economically," says Lou 
H. Rose of the Lou H. Rose Company, distributers of Chal- 
mers cars here. 

"With the invention of the famous 'hot spot' and 'ram's 
horn manifold' came the end of a long search. The hot spot 
seizes the gasoline and breaks it up into minute particles so 
that it enters the cylinders in a completely gasified form, thus 
insuring complete combustion and thus maximum power from 
every drop of fuel taken into the carburetor. 

"The ram's horn manifold delivers all the gasified gasoline 
into the cylinders, in equal amounts, thus insuring even run- 
ning and a smooth flow of power at all times. 

"The greatest trouble of internal combustion motors is the 
formation of carbon. This deposit is formed because of the 
incomplete combustion of the fuel. If this carbon is allowed 
to remain in the cylinders, there is a great reduction in power 
in the motor and consequent trouble. 

"Carbon forms because the gasoline is taken into the cylin- 
ders in liquid form in small parts. This liquid does not ex- 
plode, but burns and forms a deposit in time. The Chalmers 
engineers have eliminated a great deal of this tendency by 
eliminating the cause. When the gas enters the Chalmers 
motor, it is all ignited and all the burned gas is carried out 
through the exhaust pipe. 

"Thus each cylinder is thoroughly cleaned before a new 
charge of gas is taken in. 

"Maximum power with minimum fuel demand is a feature 
built into the new Chalmers cars. It took a long time and 
cost a great deal of money to perfect this system, but it was 
done and now car owners are repaying the benefit in lower 
operating costs and increased efficiency." 
* * * 

With the announcement of the new model car. the Oldsmo- 
bile eight, has come a flood of inquiries to the Leavitt or- 
ganization here. . A. D. Plughoff. manager of J. W. Leavitt & 
Company, who returned from the Olds plant at Lansing, Mich., 
last week, brought the good news that production was increas- 
ing and that deliveries would be more promptly made here- 
after. Plughoff secured the promises of the factory officials 
that larger numbers of all models of Oldsmobiles would be 
wending their way to this city and to this state in the very 
near future. 

This Oldsmobile eight is the car that J. W. Leavitt drove 
across the continent from Lansing, and in which he made fast 
time over all sorts of roads and through deep mud. This dis- 
closure made as much impression on the sales force of the 
organization as upon the public and came as a distinct sur- 
prise. 

Every time the Olds factory builds a new model, Leavitt 
journeys to the plant and takes a car from the shipping plat- 
form, mounts a spare tire on the rear rack and drives it across 
the continent. In this way he finds out the ability of the car 
to stand up under severe punishment. He does not spare the 
car in any way and drives fast and furiously. 

When Leavitt announced that he had driven a new Olds eight 
across the country, his force took it for granted that it was a 
good car. That they will not be disappointed is shown by the 
number of orders received so far. 

Plughoff made a flying trip to the factory in order to find 
out just what was happening there. He found that production 



is increasing from time to time and that the California terri- 
tory will be supplied with more cars than they received in the 

past, which is welcome news. 

* * * 

"With the touring season at its height it is no wonder that 
the demand for motor cars is so great," says E. A. Hamlin, 
manager of the Leavitt organization here. "People who never 
before owned motor cars are getting them now. Thousands who 
have used their cars for a year or two are turning them in and 
getting modern machines. These used cars are grabbed up as 
last as they come in also. 

"Never before have the roads of the state been in such fine 
condition. The mountain passes are a'.l open. The high Sierras 
beckon as they never did before. Yosemite Valley is more 
beautiful than ever, and the roads are excellent. 

"Lake Tahoe resorts are doing a rushing business and every 
other summer place in the state is doing well. 

"With the new Oldsmobiles here, and the demand enormous, 
the future of the motor car business is assured."' 

* * * 

The demand for motor cars is driving all the dealers east as 
fast as they can get there. Many of them have already made 
two and three trips to the cities where motor cars are built and 
are planning to go again. Lou H. Rose of the Lou H. Rose 
Company, distributers of Chalmers cars, is now in Detroit try- 
ing to get a larger allotment of Chalmers cars. 

* * * 

E. W. Milburn, manager of Greer Robbins Company, Cali- 
fornia distributers of Hupmobiles, is here again after a flying 
trip to eastern centers. P. H. Greer is also in San Francisco 
after a trip to Detroit. 

* * * 

Chester N. Weaver, Studebaker distributer, is now in the 
East trying to get more cars for this part of the country. He is 
having his troubles along with every other dealer in the city. 

The only trouble the dealers have is a lack of cars. They 
could sell about twice as many as they are getting. 

* * * 

Referendum Opens in Tank Pump Case. 

A referendum is under way by which it is hoped that the 
garage trade, the supply shop, and every other man who makes 
a business of selling oil or gasoline, shall indicate whether fu- 
ture policies of the larger oil companies are to continue to in- 
clude the distribution of oil pump outfits either free or on nomi- 
nal rental basis. That is one result of the Federal Trade Com- 
mission's step to investigate the whole oil industry on this ques- 
tion of oil pump distribution. Meanwhile, various of the larger 
companies met with the commission at Washington, answering 
the more or less general summons addressed to the whole group 
and while admitting by their presence that the charges of plac- 
ing such equipment out on nominal terms applied to themselves, 
denied that they had any intention of wrong-doing, that every- 
body was doing it, and that therefore the practice was all right. 

The movement for a referendum among the trade was taken 
shortly after the commission had sent out its general letter, 
printed two weeks ago. It was at a gathering of various oil in- 
terests at Washington, in which preliminary steps were taken, 
the pointed argument being that this information should be 
gathered quickly. 

"If there is anything wrong or illegal in the practice of dis- 
tributing these pumps to dealers as has been done, we want to 
be among the first to discontinue the practice," declared R. W. 
Stewart, chairman of the board of directors of the Standard 
Oil Co. of Indiana, sounding the keynote of this meeting. "If 
our competitors in Indiana tell us they don't want this done, 
we'll cut it out. 



July 19, 1919. 



and California Advertiser 



19 



"Furthermore, if there is anything wrong in this practice, 
the Federal Trade Commission will stop it for us if we don't 
forestall them and investigate for ourselves. The Standard 
Oil Company does not want 100 per cent of the oil business. 
We want to cooperate with our competitors in the spirit of the 
oil business today. We uphold merely two fundamental prin- 
ciples: that no competitor has a right to sell more cheaply 
than we do, and that if there is competition in any special form, 
we have a right to meet it." 

Following the agreement arrived by the oil companies among 
themselves, the questions that came before the Federal Trade 
Commission June 27 centered upon the point of moral vindica- 
tion, rather than upon the sidewalk pump distribution issue. 

Both sides relied for arguments upon a stipulation drawn up 
between the Standard Oil Company and independent com- 
panies. Attorney Steinhauer for the latter accused the Stan- 
dard Oil Company of unfair practice in its method of distribu- 
tion of these pumps for a nominal rental under an exclusive 
contract basis, and also charged that its representatives had 
used threats to coerce dealers into trading with it. He brought 
out the fact that the Standard Oil did 55 per cent of all the 
business. It was also charged that the Standard Oil, as an 
organization engaged in interstate commerce, had violated 

regulations in that respect. — Automobile Topics. 
* * * 

A View Regarding the Future Passenger Car. 

In the first place I am thoroughly convinced that we are not 
moving toward a single standard type, but that in the future 
there will be practically as many different styles of cars as at' 
present. The varying tastes and requirements of different 
people are such, that with human nature as it is, we will see 
no great change in this direction. On the other hand, the 
passenger car is being considered more and more from the 
sole point of view of a means of transportation, and with less 
regard as to what might be called its sporting characteristics. 
We are, therefore, seeing the so-called open car, which in the 
early days was the backbone of production, being replaced 
more and more by cars with various types of closed bodies. 
It is easy to remember when the completely enclosed car, such 
as the sedan, was extremely rare. Today, it is a standard 
body type in quantity production. 

While there has been a continuous effort toward obtaining 
lighter weight, it has barely been possible in any given car to 
make up by superior chassis design for a constantly increasing 
weight of body and equipment. Electric starting and lighting 
and power tire pumps have had to be provided for, while the 
use of closed bodies has made absolutely necessary a very con- 
siderable increase in the weight of chassis frames. Further- 
more, the demand for quietness combined with durability has 
made it difficult to lighten any of the principal parts of the 
power plant and driving gear materially, some parts such as 
crankshafts being heavier than ever. 

I hope to see in the near future a very considerable im- 
provement in the quality of our production, both as to design 
and workmanship, in all grades of cars, due to much greater 
attention being given to ease of maintenance and economy of 
operation than has ever been given in the past. Many of our 
lower priced cars are far more expensive to operate than 
they should be, in view of their light weight. It seems to me 
that a car in ordinary service which will not give from 25 to 
35 ton-miles per gallon is open to serious criticism, in view 
of our failing supply of gasoline. In the future, cars requir- 
ing more than one gallon of engine oil for each 100 gallons of 
gasoline are not operating with an economy that should be 
readily obtainable. 

I think that we will see an increased use of oil for lubricat- 
ing other chassis parts outside of the engine, and that this use 
will be simplified, as it has been in many other commercial 
lines, by a design allowing for carrying a supply of oil at the 
various points required, which will need only occasional re- 
plenishment. — A utomobilc Topics. 



There are many garages in town and the motorist is 

often in a quandary as to where to go. especially for permanent 
service. There are very few who give you the QUALITY of 
service of Dow & Green, in Taylor street, between O'Farrell 
and Geary. Here your car will receive something more than 
the "once over," and the prices are moderate. 



COMMONWEALTH CLUB BALLOTS ON LEAGUE OF 
NATIONS 

The Commonwealth Club of California has been devoting 
much consideration to the proposed League of Nations and 
the terms of peace with Germany. 

The club's Section on International Relations under the 
chairmanship of Prof. Edgar E. Robinson, took up the investi- 
gation as early as July, 1918, and reported on the covenant of 
the League of Nations at the club meeting of April 17, 1919, 
the discussion being led by Dr. David Starr Jordan for the 
League and Samuel M. Shortridge against. The discussion 
with text of the original and revised covenant of the League of 
Nations was published and sent to all members. 

Prof. Edward Krehbiel then took the chairmanship of the 
section on International Relations and reported on the Peace 
Treaty in general at the club meeting of June 19th. The dis- 
cussion for the Treaty was led by Chester H. Rowell; against 
by John H. Miller. 

At the meeting June 19th it was ordered that a postcard vote 
of the entire membership be taken on the Treaty and on the 
League. Ballots were sent out June 30th. 

The total number of ballots cast was 821 out of 2000 sent 
out, which is by far the largest postcard vote ever received by 
the club. Many members qualified their votes and the tabu- 
lated result is as follows : 

For the Treaty including the League of Nations 475 

Against the Treaty including the League of Nations 193 

For the League of Nations (for the Treaty) 475 

For the League of Nations (against the Treaty) 48 

For the League of Nations (no vote on Treaty) 13 536 

Against the League of Nations (against Treaty) 193 

Against the League of Nations (for Treaty) 15 

For other kind of League 44 

No vote on Treaty 12 264 

For the Treaty with reservations on League 11 

For Treaty and for League only if separated 2 

No vote on Treaty, for some other League 2 

Unmarked ballots 6 

About one hundred and fifty members accompanied their 
ballots with remarks varying from unqualified acceptance to 
denunciation of the Covenant. 

The club is made up principally from the business, profes- 
sional and educational elements of the State, is non-partisan 
and includes ail points of view from the most radical to the 
most conservative. 



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San Francisco News Letter 



July 19, 1919. 




The Bank of Italy announces that it has purchased a sub- 
stantial interest in the old and conservative First National Bank 
of Fresno. For some time, however, there will be no consoli- 
dation of this bank with the Bank of Italy, but the officers and 
directors of the First National Bank become members of the 
Bank of Italy, the advisory board of Fresno. O. J. Woodward 
will remain as president and will also become a vice presi- 
dent of the Bank of Ita'.y; E. A. Walrond. vice president, and 
Roy Pullian. cashier. Mr. Woodward as vice president of the 
Bank of Italy will be in charge of all the branches of that in- 
stitution in the central part of the State. 

The First National Bank of Fresno has total resources of 
$8,000,000, a capital of $500,000 and undivided profits of 
$635,000. The acquisition is in line with the Bank of Italy's 
policy of purchasing outside banks in the State. 

• * * 

A very heavy over-subscription is reported by the syndicate 
composed of nearly all of the large banks of the country par- 
ticipating in the loan of $75,000,000 to the Ford Motor Car Co. 
The notes are offered for sale at a discount rate of S 1 ^',' and 
owing to the large demand it is probable that the allotted 
amounts to the different banks will be materially cut down. The 
purpose of the loan, it is reported, is to purchase the interests 
of the minority stockholders. 

The Ford Motor Car Co. is one of the strongest corporations 
financially in the world, and has been an immense success since 
its inception. In addition to that, Mr. Henry Ford because of 
his views on labor matters has enjoyed an immense amount of 
publicity, which has added to the friendly feeling of the public 
for the corporation. 

• • » 

An issue of $6,000,000 of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. of 
California, l l / 2 preferred stock is offered by Cyrus Peirce & 
Co., E. H. Rollins & Son. and Bond & Goodwin. This stock 
sale will be used for the development of the California plant 
which is to supply the products for the business of the Western 
States and Oriental export. This offering removes all doubt as 
to whether or not such an organization would be located on the 
coast. 

William Fries has been elected chairman of the Board of 
Directors of the Morris Plan Company of San Francisco to 
succeed the late Jesse W. Lilienthal. The directors have also 
declared a A''< initial dividend payable semi-annually to stock- 
holders of record July 10. 1919. The Board of Directors now 
consists of the following: John A. Britton. Charles W. Clark, 
William H. Crocker, vice president; Benjamin H. Diblee, Her- 
bert Fleishhacker. vice presidents; William Fries, Coleman du 
Pont; Allen I. Kittle, secretary-treasurer; John A. McGregor. 

C. W. Pennoyer, George A. Pope, W. T. Smith, R. M. Tobin. 
president, and J. S. Wallace. 

• • ■ 

An issue of $500,000 Orange Harbor County Improvement 
5 per cents with maturity ranging from 1920-1949 has been 
awarded to McDonnel & Co. for a premium of $11,887. 

• * * 

Strong impetus to the agricultural development of the state 
and to the increase of food production to meet the demands of 
the period of readjustment after the war is given in several 
new laws relating to irrigation, approved by Governor William 

D. Stephens that will go into effect on July 22. One of these, 
Senate Bill 493, met with violent opposition, but it was ap- 
proved after public hearing, by which the governor was con- 
vinced that it was needed to assure the breaking up of im- 
mense tracts of land now owned by a few corporations and 
their transformation into small holdings by real home-makers. 
The new law makes it possible to organize an irrigation district 



by a majority of the registered voters living within the boun- 
daries of a proposed district, instead of a two-thirds vote, 
which was formerly required. 

* * * 

The suspension of the exportation of refined sugar from the 
United States by order of the United States Sugar Equaliza- 
tion Board, in order to correct local deficiencies and prevent the 
upward movement of local prices, lends interest to a statement 
just compiled by The National City Bank of New York show- 
ing the exportation of refined sugar from the United States 
during the last 50 years. It shows that the quantity of refined 
sugar exported from the United States in the 5 years since 
the beginning of the war is more than double that of the half 
century preceding the war. The quantity sent out of the coun- 
try in the 5 years ending with June, 1919 is, in round terms. 
5.000,000,000 pounds against 2,000,000,000 pounds in the half 
century preceding the war and the value in the 5 year war 
period was $290,000,000 against $120,000,000 in the half cen- 
tury prior to the war. 

The sudden demands upon the United States for refined 
sugar which came with the beginning of the war, says the 
bank's statement, is due to the fact that most of the European 
countries which had formerly relied for their sugar upon the 
beet fields of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Russia found 
their usual supplies cut off by the war and were coapelled to 
look to the cane sugar area of the world for their supplies. The 
cane sugar area is ch'efly Cuba, Porto Rico, Hawaii, the Phil- 
ippine Islands, Java and India. Cuba and our own islands 
send their raw sugar to the United States to be refined; India 
consumes all its sugar locally; and Java exports a large propor- 
tion of her product in the raw state to her neighbors in the 
Orient, especially India, Australia and Japan. The Latin- 
American countries which produce about 1,000.000 tons an- 
nually have little for exportation. This left Cuba and the 
islands belonging to the United States as the chief available 
source for cane sugar, and as all of these islands have beer, 
sending their raw product to the United States for refining, 
quite naturally the European countries requiring sugar turned 
to this country for supplies of the refined article. 

As a consequence of this condition the quantity of refined 
sugar exported from the United States in our fiscal year 1915, 
the first year of the war, was 550.000.000 pounds, in 1916 
1.630,000,000. in 1917 1,250,000,000, in 1918, 575,000,- 
000 and in 1919 approximately 1,000,000,000 pounds. This 
makes for the 5 year war period approximately 5.000.000.000 
pounds of refined sugar exported, while the bank's statement 
shows that in the 50 years prior to the war the quantity of re- 
fined sugar exported was. in round terms, 2,000,000,000 pounds. 

The value of the 5,000.000,000 pounds exported during the 
war period was about $290,000,000 against approximatelv 
$120,000,000 in the 50 years prior to the war. 



A miniature rice field, a cotton gin, a plant for de- 
hydrated vegetables, are among the many exhibits planned to 
exploit some of California's major industries. The planting of 
rice, the harvesting, along with a tiny mill, will tell the story 
of the rice industry in California. Co-ordinate with the dis- 
play of these commodities will be maps from the Department 
of Agriculture, showing further available lands for these pro- 
ducts. These are to be shown at the California Industries and 
Land Show, to be held at the Exposition Auditorium, San Fran- 
cisco, under the auspices of the Home Industry League. Octo- 
ber 4 to 19. 



Wedding Presents. — The choicest variety to select from at 
Marsh's, who is now permanently located at Post and Powell 
streets. 



July 19, 1919. 



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The Bankers Life Company of Des Moines celebrated the 
fortieth anniversary of its founding on June 30, and in honor 
of the event, the field force produced over $1,000,000 of busi- 
ness which was received at the home office on Anniversary 
Day. This was the first Million Dollar Day in the history of 
the Company and sets a new record in Iowa life insurance. The 
production for the month of June which was observed by the 
field force of the company as Anniversary Month, amounted to 
$8,200,000, which is a new record not only for the Bankers Life 
Company, but also for Iowa life insurance. The total business 
of the company for the first six months of 1919 amounts to 
$42,000,000, as compared with $22,000,000 for the first six 
months of 1918. The field force of the Bankers Life has 
achieved an average production of $7,000,000 a month for the 
first six months of the year, and it is confidently expected that 
the company will eclipse its proposed total of $80,000,000 of 

business for the current year. 

* * * 

The International Claim Association which is a part of the 
machinery of the casualty and surety companies, will hold its 
next annual meeting at Hotel Chamberland, Old Point Com- 
fort, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 22, 23 
and 24. The committee in charge is making a special effort to 
arrange a program of exceptional interest. 

£ # * 

The Crum & Foster Companies, under the Pacific Coast man- 
agement of W. W. Alverson, have made very rapid strides in 
recent years under aggressive management. Announcement 
has recently been made of the erection of a modern twenty- 
story building at 110 William street, New York City at a cost 
of $3,000,000, the first six floors of which are to be occupied 

by this firm. 

* * * 

George A. Yocum has been engaged as chief examiner for 
the Marsh & McLennan general agency at San Francisco, suc- 
ceeding W. E. Hutchinson. Mr. Yocum was formerly secre- 
tary and managing underwriter for the Guardian Fire of Utah. 

* * * 

George L. Mclntire of the American Eagle, Fidelity-Phenix 
and Continental'^ Southern California department, who has 
been with these companies for twenty years, is reported to have 

resigned. 

* * * 

Special Agent Kingham, who has been doing field work for 
the Aetna in the San Joaquin district, has been transferred to 
the Southern part of the state to work in conjunction with 

Special Agent O'Brien in that territory. 

* * • 

The Connecticut General Life has made Josua Eppinger of 
San Francisco its general agent for Northern California with 
headquarters at San Francisco. Mr. Eppinger has been for the 
past seven years with the San Francisco general agency of the 

Prudential and has been a large producer. 

* » * 

Manager J. W. Stephens of the Fire Prevention Bureau of 

the Pacific is making arrangements to extend the work of the 

bureau throughout Pacific territory. Inspections will be made 

in eight states. A thorough inspection of the principal towns 

of California has recently been completed. 
» * » 

Owing to the rapid growth of Hartford Accident & Indem- 
nity's business in its Pacific coast branch the third floor of Na- 
tional City building adjoining the Hartford building on the west 
has been secured by Manager Joy Lichtenstein for its better 
accommodation, and the space thus secured will be joined to 

the old quarters by cutting through the two buildings. 

* * * 

Manager George R. Stiles of the Mutual Benefit's San Fran- 
cisco office says that his department has written more business 
thus far this year than during all of last year. 



Vice President J. R. Kruse of the California State Life has 
succeeded in placing the entire line of $1,012,500 recently writ- 
ten by his company in the life of Charles E. Virden, president 
of the Virden Packing Company, the beneficiary. 
* * ' * 

C. F. Berringer has been appoined special agent for the Cen- 
tral Fire Office with headquarters in San Francisco. He was 
formerly special agent for the Metropolitan department of the 
Netherlands. 

J. L. M. Waggamann has returned from the war and resumed 
his position as special agent for the Marsh & McLennan gen- 
eral agency at San Francisco. His territory will cover Mon- 
tana; headquarters Helena. 



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July 19, 1919. 




The best way to see France, we found, is from the stern 

of a transport. — The Gas Attack (A. E. F.) 

Astronomers are making an attempt to weigh light. 

Some grocers have been doing it for years. — London Opinion. 

We've often thought what a pity it is that a man can't 

dispose of his experience for as much as it cost him. — Elk' 
ridge Independent. 

We didn't get to Berlin, as we said we would, but we 

got to Paris, and the Kaiser didn't, as he said he would. — The 
Gas Attack (A. E. F.) 

Knicker: "The postoffice has issued victory stamps." 

Bocker: "Any stamp that succeeds in getting there is a victory 
stamp." — Cleveland Press. 

"De surest way to keep out o' bad company," said Uncle 

Eben, "is to mind yoh own business so close dat bad company 
won"t take no interest in you." — Washington Star. 

The most striking reminder of the end of the war is in 

the new issue of Sloppy Stories magazine, with the girl on the 
cover being kissed by a civilian. — London Opinion. 

Peck — "But. my dear. I thought we had planned to go 

to the theatre this evening?" Mrs. Peck — "Yes, I know, but 
I have changed our mind." — Boston Transcript. 

"You are the only man in your company. Corporal, who 

hasn't applied for demobilization papers. Why is it? "I'm 
the only one as is married, sir!" — London Opinion. 

Mother — "No, Ethel, a visit to the seashore is out of the 

question this year. Your father can't afford it." "Mother, has 
it ever occurred to you that father could work harder if he 
tried?" — Life. 

"He is what they call 'a parlor Socialist," isn't he? 

"Yes." replied Miss Cayenne. "Not a regular 'red'?" "No. 
He's what I should call a pale pink, and liable to fade at that." 
— Washington Star. 

"Why do you always dine where there's an orchestra?" 

"As a matter of precaution. Sometimes the music helps me to 
forget the food, and sometimes the food helps me to forget Ihe 
music." — London Blighty. 

We learn without surprise that beer was successfully 

used, the other day. in putting out a Lambeth fire. Being un- 
able to distinguish it from the fluid usually employed, the 
flames promptly subsided. — The Passing Shotv. 

Small Edward was spending the afternoon with his aunt 

in the suburbs. After he had been at play for a time he said : 
"Aunt Beatrice, mama said I wasn't to ask you for a piece of 
cake, but she didn't tell me not to take it if you offered it to 
me. — Detroit News. 

Mrs. De Smyth-Jones — "Now I want you to save me an 

extra supply of flowers next week. My daughter Alice is com- 
ing out. you know." Proprietor of Stall — "Yes, mum. I'll save 
'er the very best, pore thing. Whatever was she put in for?" — 
Saturday journal (London). 

He was a "character" who had given the parish much 

trouble one way and another. The rector, meeting him quiet 
and thoughtful in the street one morning, said. "I was very glad 
to see you at the prayer-meeting last night. John." Replied 
John: "Oh, that's where I was, then." — London Blighty. 

John Lay denies the story that he had his tonsils sun- 
burned by gazing skyward Friday afternoon at the airplane 
that was cutting didos in the sky. He says the machine shifted 
its position often enough to keep him turning about, so that 
part of the time his mouth was in the shade. — Sikeston 
Standard. 



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The social unrest may be the result of the fact that there 

is nothing else to get excited about. 

Hello girls are coming back. For the first time in five 

weeks the telephone is to become of real use again. 

A New York roof garden has prohibited "bare-legged 

b.dies with or without escorts" from the roof. Even New York 
seems to be reforming. 

A London clergyman thinks that the world will unques- 
tionably come to an end this year. That may after all be the 
only solution to the Senate. 

Dr. Leonard Keene Hirshberg has discovered that fast- 
ing is really very beneficial. We are glad to know that our old 
friend H. C. L. is after all a blessing. 

Henry Ford says that light wine and beer were con- 
tributing causes of the war. We sometimes wish that Henry 
would stick to automobiles and his five-dollar-a-day policy. 

Now that Sir John Pershing has been reviewed by King 

George and presented with a gold sword of honor and the Order 
of the Bath we see no reason why he should not return to this 
country. 

The Prohibition forces are predicting the great bene- 
fits that will accrue to us in 1920 as a result of the banishment 
of John Barleycorn. Well, Russia went dry in 1914, and look 
at her today. 

Despite President Warren Palmer's edict forbidding 

further discussion of the Witter Bynner controversy in Bo- 
hemian Club circles, club members are still discussing, and 
Bynner is enjoying the publicity. 

Our genial Secretary of War has so reduced the com- 
missioned personnel of the Army Air Service that there are not 
enough to man one squadron of airplanes. And yet the little 
Secretary says that he is for preparedness. 

A New Yorker has announced his candidacy for the 

Vice-Presidency. He isn't a bit particular about the ticket or 
the Presidential nominee, except he has a slight preference for 
Senator Borah. That explains his candidacy. 

Housewives throughout the country are not taking kindly 

to the threatened Congressional investigation into the hip cost 
of living. The ladies would appreciate some action from that 
distinguished body but are not wild about their junket I 

-Charles E. Ward, the elderly Eureka bulb grower, who. 



. State Department statistics show only 50 Americans 

killed in Mexico in the last three years. It is just possible 
that if we treat them with continued kindness, we can cut down 
the ratio in the coming three years. 

-Senator Baker is authority for the statement that not 



according to his own confession, has a very winning way with 
the feminine element, is being educated in the first principle 
of equity — that he who comes into Court must do so with clean 
hands. 



a single American soldier in Siberia is anxiously awaiting a 
chance to return. We are wondering if our genial little Secre- 
tary of War has been studying the system used by the German 
General Staff. 

— —Dean Coo'.ey, of the University of Michigan, advocates 
municipal ownership of street railways as the best and quick- 
est way to convince the public that it is impractical and unde- 
sirable. Despite his environment, the Dean shows a strong 
sense of humor. 

A wealthy Londoner has returned $750,000 worth of 

Bonds to the British Treasury for cancellation and asks every- 
one to make a voluntary levy to clean up the war debt. We 
hope some of our own distinguished citizens may be afflicted 
with a like desire. 

Senator Borah is of the opinion that the nation will go 

to war again if the enemies he thinks we have made should 
make it necessary. The Senator unquestionably is right, but 
we feel sure that in that event Senator Borah would stick 
strictly to his duties of State. 

— — Col. Dinshah Ghadialli, Native of India, speaker at the 
National Association of Drugless Physicians, at Atlantic City, 
asked, "why should women be compelled by an unmoral, un- 
American, and unhumane law to cover their beautiful limbs." 
Really, Colonel, we can't tell you. 

Congress is investigating the court martial that tried Lieu- 
tenant (Hardboiled) Smith, formerly in charge of American 
Military prisoners in France. In the meantime, the hardboiled 
lieutenant is recuperating at a New York hospital from a well- 
deserved beating delivered by some of his ex-prisoners. 

London has gone wild over Jimmy Wilde, a pugilist, and 

has offered him a seat in Parliment. While we do not see just 
what quality of pugilism fits with statesmanship, still we can 
picture worse things than our own Jack Dempsey replacing — 
well, that sterling American, Senator Borah, for instance. 

Now that Field Marshal Haig has explained that it cer- 
tainly was not due to any lack of appreciation of their work 
that he failed to mention the American forces in his Newcastle 
speech, and our own Sir John Pershing has accepted a gold 
sword from the English King, we presume that our Honor is 
sufficiently vindicated. 

Marshal Foch is of the opinion that Britain won't be 

ready the next time, and that France will have to wait for her 
again. France's gallant little Marshal has never explained just 
exactly what he would like to do to insure peace with the Ger- 
mans, but we presume drowning all of the male inhabitants 
would be one of the lesser provisions at least. 

Boston, the home of Senator Lodge, is making it so un- 
pleasant for men in khaki uniform, that Major General Ed- 
wards of the Northeastern Department has asked the War De- 
partment to allow soldiers to wear civilian clothes while on 
pass or furlough. It would seem that a little Americanization 
might go well in the cradle of American liberty. 



lESHSECSIEESEEEBISSHlSSE 



EDITORIAL COMMENT 



The political element is watching with 
Soldier Sentiment, keen interest the sentiment among the 
returned soldiers and sailors. In all 
probability the next election will be fought with the keen par- 
ticipation of these same men. The soldier has a better oppor- 
tunity to judge of the efficiency or inefficiency of the Govern- 
mental machine than the average civilian. He is brought in 
close contact with it and any lack of organization or efficiency 
quickly affects him. 

Unquestionably in a war on the vast scale of the present one, 
inefficiencies were bound to occur, but these inefficiencies were 
not due particularly to the political party in control at that time, 
as the present Republican leaders would have us believe. 

Neither is the soldier looking to the Republican party to 
solve the tremendous reconstruction problems as these same 
leaders would like to believe. The Republican Congress so 
far seems to have thought of nothing more constructive than 
heckling the President and attacking the League of Nations. 

Despite the failures abroad, there are very few soldiers who 
have not a wholesome respect for President Wilson and his 
work, and feel that he did all that anyone could have accom- 
plished in a like situation. Intelligent opinion in the Army is 
very strongly for a League of Nations, and this includes the 
majority. The soldier has had first-hand information in war 
and realizes that concerted action between the powers is nec- 
essary to affect a basis by which war can eventually be elim- 
inated. 

Neither does the returned soldier and sailor take kindly to 
Governmental ownership or control. Approximately three- 
fourths of the four million officers and men who were in the 
military service and who took out war risk insurance through 
the War Risk Bureau, have failed to keep up their payments. 
It is entirely likely that of the 25 per cent who have, this num- 
ber will be greatly reduced in the next year, or so. The ineffi- 
ciency of the War Risk Insurance Bureau is admitted and it is 
very unpopular among the men who served in the army. 

The efforts of a certain element of the Republicans in Con- 
gress to prove the value of universal military training and to 
get it adopted is not apt to meet with success among this ele- 
ment. While universal training is advantageous, particularly 
in building up a reserve army to be called upon in emergency, 
it is not favored by ex-soldiers and sailors who are thoroughly 
tired and disgusted with militarism in all its forms. 

It is also a Republican Congress that, to date, has done abso- 
lutely nothing toward compensating the soldier and sailor or to 
prove that the Government is really grateful for their work. 

In view of these facts it is improbable that the Republicans 
will have t.ny majority in the support of the men who served 
in the military establishment. 



Congress has been 
Permanent Rank For War Leaders, asked by the Presi- 
dent to give the per- 
manent rank of General to John J. Pershing and Peyton C. 
March and further to express the act in such a way as to give 
precedent to General Pershing. He also asked that the perma- 
nent rank of Admiral be given to Admirals Benson and Sims. 

Opposition has already developed to the President's request. 
The opposition is again by the small element in Congress who 
are constitutionally opposed to anything the President may ask 
for. and is not founded upon any reason. 

General Pershing with an excellent record in Mexico was 
chosen to lead the troops in France. This he did to the entire 
satisfaction of the country and although there were many com- 
plaints with probably cause from the enlisted personnel, still 
there has been nothing to reflect upon Pershing. 

If Congress should refuse to in any way show regard for the 
work of the men in France through partisanship and petty poli- 
tics, it would not be living up to the traditions of the country. 
This Congress, prior to coming into power, was very loud in 
pointing out the mistakes of the Administration policy and its 
attitude toward the Army, but so far this Congress has not 
done anything to rectify these mistakes. The opposition will 



probably be developed more against Peyton C. March than 
against General Pershing. General March is conceded in Army 
circles to be a very able, intelligent man and as Chief of the 
General Staff. March was charged with practically the entire 
responsibility for the war work, at least in this country, and 
he handled this work efficiently and successfully. General 
March has been, however, accused from time to time of parti- 
sanship and political activity and therein lies the opposition. 

The country generally would approve the President's selec- 
tion of men for these highest honors and Congress should not 
be permitted through its partisan jealousy to prevent the men 
selected from receiving their just reward. 



Until the Jewish problem in Poland 

Jewish Persecution, and the former Austrian states has 

been settled, the principal object of 

war. that of the emancipation of nations, will not be complete. 

The population of Eastern Europe is comprised among its 
numerous nationalities, of a large percentage of Jews who have 
been subject to the worst kind of tyranny for centuries. If the 
League of Nations and the present Peace Treaty is to become 
a real charter of freedom, it must be so for both Jews and other 
religious and racial minorities, and place them under the pro- 
tection of the powers. 

The Russian Bolshevist and probably the German, for the 
purpose of continuing the strife and disturbance have played 
upon the traditional prejudice and hatred among an element 
that is ever ready to persecute the Jew. 

The better way to promptly settle this matter is for the 
powers to extend a strong hand to this Jewish element and at 
an early date. Probably to effect this it will be necessary for 
the American people to go on record without reservation as 
desiring once and for all the religious and racial persecution of 
all minorities to cease. 



Eamonn De Valera, self styled Presi- 
Eamonn De Valera. dent of the Irish Republic, has paid us 
his expected visit. San Francisco paid 
homage to the Gaelic leader and he was not only welcomed by 
the sympathizers with the Irish cause, but also officially by 
Mayor Rolph and city government leaders. 

This we think an impropriety. There is no question but that 
those who espouse the cause of Ireland have a right to welcome 
a leader of the movement and to entertain him in any manner 
they see fit, but it is very questionable whether or not the city 
government has a right to officially recognize De Valera. 

Born in this country of an Irish mother and a Spanish father. 
Eamonn De Valera was early taken to Ireland where he re- 
ceived his entire education and his ideals were formed. He 
is a talented intelligent man and chose of his own free will to 
resist English rule in Ireland. Escaping from England, he 
came to this country to carry his fight for Irish independence 
here. 

The United States has long been the willing asylum for 
those who were being politically persecuted. However, there 
is grave doubt that Eamonn De Valera comes in that class. 
There has been a large element, owing to the Irish migration 
to this country when English rule was perhaps not all that it 
should have been, who have been exceedingly bitter toward the 
British Empire. That element, accorded freedom and full par- 
ticipation in the Government here, immediately took up the 
fight for Irish independence. 

This is one of the things we fought during the war with Ger- 
many — the carrying on of old country feuds in this country and 
the attempt to make this country, which was sought as an 
asylum and home, a party in these old world battles. 

England is and has been since 1812 a friendly country and 
there is already bitter criticism over the De Valera campaign 
here. Sir Edward Carson, the Ulster leader, has complained to 
the English Parliament that this campaign is being conducted 
against the munity of the British Empire by people who were 
the Empire's enemies all through the war. Ulster, although in 
the minority, certainly is entitled to its day in court. 



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During the war with Germany, members of the Irish party, 
to which De Valera belongs, did attempt to aid Germany and 
an attempt to land German troops in Ireland was made. In fact, 
so far as the physical ability was had, they gave assistance to 
Germany. Practically at the same time in this country, Ger- 
man citizens and German-Americans were being imprisoned for 
the same class of activity. 

To extend an official wel- 
come to the leader of this 
party we think improper. 
Upon what grounds Mr. De 
Valera considers himself 
President of the Irish Repub- 
lic it is difficult to determine. 
Except for a proclamation in 
1916 by an Irish party who 
simply desired the fact to 
come to pass, there is no Irish 
Republic. It follows of course 
that Mr. De Valera could not 
be elected President of a Re- 
public that does not exist. 

De Valera is in fact simply 
the leader of a cause, and he 
personally feels that it is good 
propaganda to carry that 
cause to this country, irrespec- 
tive of any difficulty that 
might arise for us. 

It is not hard to picture 
what American sentiment 
would be if England should 
welcome and officially enter- 
tain a similar delegation from 
the Philippines provided that 
delegation had actively sym- 
pathized with the German 
cause during the late war. It 
would be bitterly resented by 
every American citizen. 

As an individual Mr. De 
Valera is quite welcome to 
this country whose citizenship 
he has claimed at times, but 
as President of an Irish Re- 
public that doesn't exist, he is 
not welcome and it is to be 
hoped that the sympathies of 
well meaning people will not 
lead them to giving official recognition and support to his 
cause. 



out the country as being the stronghold of arbitrary organized 
labor. This has been a deterrent factor in San Francisco's 
commercial history, and will be so until union labor recognizes 
that there are two sides to any question, and that before an em- 
ployer can pay any increase, his business must pay and justify 
the demand. 




With the completion of the tele- 
Printers Threaten Strike, phone strike after five weeks 

of the most serious incon- 
venience to business, San Francisco again faces a condition 
which may prove equally inconvenient. 

The printing trade union has demanded a seven hour day and 
$1.00 an hour with the alternative of a suspension of work. 

The employer is peremptorily told that this schedule, which 
in the opinion of the union is necessary to sustain them in life, 
health and the pursuit of happiness, must be granted, irrespec- 
tive of whether the employer can afford to pay such a schedule 
or not. 

For the first time liberal opinion practically recognizes the 
rights of employees to organize and the closed shop is a fea- 
ture of most institutions. Employees in the printing trades 
have enjoyed this for years past. They are among the best 
paid of skilled labor. Their hours are just, and the working 
conditions of the old itinerant printer have been improved until 
these trades enjoy hours and conditions similar to those of men 
engaged in the professions. Yet these conditions do not seem 
to be enough. Now comes the demand for a dollar an hour 
and the seven hour day. Unquestionably the printing trade can 
not expect to gain their full demands but are simply using 
them for a trading basis to effect some increase, but the al- 
ternative as usual is the strike. 

Unfortunately San Francisco has been represented through- 



Race Riots. 

Washington is facing for 
the first time in the capital's 
history, the negro question. 
Despite its location the na- 
tional capital has always en- 
joyed freedom from this, a 
characteristic problem of the 
South. Because of the Govern- 
ment's policy the negro has 
enjoyed equally liberties with 
the whites and no attempt to 
establish "Jim Crow" cars or 
general segregation has been 
made. 

With the change to war 
time conditions the negro pop- 
ulation was greatly increased. 
At the same time the Southern 
element resident in Washing- 
ton was also augmented and 
with them came the insistence 
that the negro be made to 
"keep his place." The negro 
has been quick to resent this 
attitude ; feeling of course that 
he was as much a part of the 
government as the white. 

It can not be expected that 
the negro will willingly abide 
by the old conditions in the 
South or permit a continuance 
of the limitations placed upon 
him. During the war the ne- 
gro was taken into the army 
and his war record is splendid 
in every respect. The army 
also broadened him. He was 
not discriminated against un- 
der military life and was 
given as full an opportunity to 
advance as the white. 
The South will be quick to resent any interference with their 
treatment of the negro but there must be a broadening of South- 
ern vision in this matter. 

The government has taken a firm attitude in its attempt to 
curb rioters of both whites and blacks and this will succeed in 
restraining the hot heads and natural trouble makers on both 
sides but the final solution of the race problem will require in- 
finitely more thought. 



Eamonn De Valera 



Orville Wright, who. with his brother Wil- 
Aviation Sites, bur. was the inventor of the airplane, gives 

as his opinion that aerial transportation 
across the Pacific is as feasible as aerial service across the At- 
lantic. Mr. Wright is in San Francisco in connection with the 
development of the use of the airplane. 

Mr. Wright deplores the development for speed alone and 
believes that the airplane of a slower type with abundant of 
landing places is the most pressing need of aviation. In the 
matter of landing places San Francisco is already vitally in- 
terested and the committee appointed is directly chargeable 
with a vital matter in the city's growth. While it is anticipating 
to picture of San Francisco as the terminal of trans- Pacific air 
service still the mail airplane is here and this fall overland 
service is promised to New York. Service to Portland and 
Seattle will quickly follow and in fact airplane transportation 
is here at least for use over on land. 

San Francisco, by virtue of its location, should and must be 
the terminal of the Western service. To secure it we must aid 
in securing the best landing sites. 



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July 26, 1919 



SOCIETY 



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Another Scrap Predicted. 

Echoes of the altercation between the two young blades in 
the clan of Parrott still reverberate in the after-dinner conver- 
sation, and on the verandas of Del Monte and the Burlingame 
Club, when the porch hounds gather, and unleashed are the 
tongues of gossip, it is said that young Parrott and De Guigne 
have so much bad blood (related, and blue though it may be), 
that another scrap may be expected any day. 

When the world war swept the earth with fire and sword 
there were members of this family in the first bunch of volun- 
teers who crossed to the other side to help "carry on." And 
when America entered the war there were no members of the 
house of Parrott to be found busily pulling wires that they 
might blazon uniforms across the horizon of Washington and 
indulge in the dangerous indoor sport of turning in military 
fashion in the swivel chairs that accompany mahogany desks. 
Every one of them tried to get into fighting service and most of 
them succeeded. 

© © © 

The Fighting Parrotts. 

San Francisco society was justly proud of these stalwart 
young men who showed such fighting spirit in spite of the fact 
that they had lived in bemillioned ease. It was a foregone con- 
clusion that they would conduct themselves with valor, but 
supposition rested with equal authority upon the prediction 
that they would have had enough of the fighting game to last 
a lifetime. 

Perhaps they have in the world sense. But certainly in the 
touch and go between man and man they still have their fight- 
ing gloves on. For first comes one member of the family and 
has a row with Heckscher, the New York polo player, which 
row gave the directors of the Burlingame Club an awkward mo- 
ment, created an artificial frigid zone in the vicinity of the con- 
testants and their respective advocates, and put tabasco on the 
end of a perfect day (from the standpoint of gossip ). 

Then comes another member of the family and has an en- 
counter with his cousin, De Guigne, and gives a revivifying 
touch to the fisticuffing talents of the family, for just as the 
Parrott-Heckscher row breaths its last, the Parrot-De Guigne 
row is sprung. From close observers comes the prediction that 
there may be a reopening of hostilities. 

© © © 
Mrs. Cloman, "Ex-Turquoise Queen." 

The other night Mrs. Sydney Cloman wore some of the mag- 
nificent turquoises which once earned her the sobriquet of the 
"Turquoise Queen." It is many a day since she has worn any 
of the collection which is the most famous in the world, for 
the turquoise has become a sort of poor relation of the precious 
jewels and no longer belongs to the aristocracy of gem-dom. 
But the stones in Mrs. Cloman's collection are not the common 
or garden kind that flourish with near-diamonds in the dollar- 
down-and-dollar-a-week jewelers' windows. They are the gems 
of the greatest turquoise mine in the world and they have 
been set with all the cunning, all the art. and all the expense 
that the best designers in the world could contrive in order to 
enhance their beauty. Tiaras, girdles, bracelets and the larger 
pieces vie with the usual articles in this collection. Mrs. Clo- 
man. herself, once said that the only thing which she lacks is 
a turquoise frying pan and turquoise nose rings! 
© © © 

The Clement Turquoise Mine. 

As a matter of fact. Mrs. Cloman not only owned the most 
famous collection of turquoises in the world but she owned 
practically the whole turquoise mine from which they came. 
for the death of her first husband, Mr. Clement, left her in pos- 
session of all his valuable mining properties, including the 
major stock in this turquoise mine. When she first came here 
from Salt Lake as a fascinating and wealthy widow she occa- 
sionally wore some of the stones, but it is years now since she 
has worn the one-time insignia of the "Turquoise Queen," and 



the other night the collection was shown to satisfy the curios- 
ity of friends who had never seen it. 

Since her marriage to Cloman the diplomatic service lias 
taken her to the greatest cities in Europe, but it is a tribute to 
these parts, that both of the Clomans want to make their per- 
manent home down the peninsular way. 
© © © 

Engagement Rumors Cluster Around Miss Campbell. 

One of the constant engagements rumors, which float through 
the romantic ether, concerns the affairs of Miss Natalie Camp- 
bell. Mrs. Cloman's niece, who came out here to officiate as 
bridesmaid at the wedding of Miss Marie Louise Black and 
Alan Lowery. Rumor loves to hover in the iridescent vicin- 
ity of attractive young girls, and very often every show of 
color is taken as a reflection of real romance whereas, very 
often it is spurious. Wherefore this present romantic tale 
which rumor is hinting at, may just have the flavor, not the es- 
sence of reality. So we give it for what it is worth, without 
any guarantee. 

© © © 

A "Breech'' of Conduct. 

No modern feminine wardrobe is complete without breeches 
of khaki or corduroy, and no summer vacation is good form 
without a Gypsy motor trip designed especially for My Lady 
to sport the clothes so long claimed by man. but now leased 
for hiking and outdoor purposes by the fair contingent. Where- 
fore in any of the mountain resorts, the skirt and the "skoit" 
are the exception, and tall and short, fat and thin, shapely 
and "baby grand" effect, young and middle aged and grand- 
motherly, they all go about in trowsered freedom and the sight 
scarcely gets a squint of interest from the accustomed eyes. 

But the other day a bunch of San Francisco society people 
bound for a week-end visit to the Fred Kohl place at Tahoe 
had every conceivable kind of trouble that a high-powered car 
can display on mountain roads, and to add to the perfect com- 
bination they had a driver whose bump of location was hol- 
low. This detail, added to their other troubles, not only dis- 
turbed their time schedule, but led them into the by-roads 
where few automobiles honk, honk and certainly none bound 
for Fred Kohl's place would wander. Night came on and they 
were fortunate enough to find a cabin in the wilderness. 

But harken to this. It belonged to religious hermits. Honest 
to goodness it did. Whether it was part of their religion or 
part of the hermit stuff the intruders never found out — but they 
were scorned as evil women, as creatures of darkness, and cast 
into the outer hospitality of the pine forests and all because 
they were going about in trowsered comfort. They were turned 
away from that door with anathemas that had the makings of 
a good old-fashioned witch's curse, and they were told to for- 
sake the evils of their trowsered ways. Which just goes to 
show that darkness still lurks just a stones' throw from the 
highway. 

© © © 

Social Success in Newport. 

Friends who have just returned from East tell me that in 
spite of the predictions made in these parts that Mrs. William 
Miller Graham and her daughter, Geraldine. would find New- 
port a frosty place for a summer residence, they are basking 
in the sunniest spots and are decidedly having a great social 
success. 

Whether one likes her or not (and there are plenty of people 
in both the "do - ' and "don't" categories), there is no doubt that 
this lady has something akin to social genius or she would 
never have arrived in the ports she has made — for ships carry- 
ing just dead weight of money never drop anchor so grace- 
fully. 

e & 9 

Tried Us Out Once Unsuccessfully. 

Before her marriage to the oil magnate she lived in a quiet 
way for a time in the exclusive Ross Valley set, where "pep" 



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and "speed" are bad form and one must have at least one 
Uncle Jonathan done by an early American painter, and a few 
relatives in the best Boston sets, in order to count as real 
gentry. Needless to say she was not a hit in such an alien en- 
vironment and San Francisco society knew her not. 

© © © 
Made Us Via London. 

Then she burst with splendored magnificance upon the cliffs 
of Santa Barbara, entertained visiting Londoners, and went to 
England and was made so much of by the nobility that she 
must have laughed in her sleep about the Ross Valley incident. 
Of course the front door to American society is via London and 
when Mrs. Graham returned to Santa Barbara, San Franciscans 
intrigued for invitations to the wonderful parties that glorified 
week-ends at her place into real thrillers. Whether it was a 
series of plays in her little theatre, or a fancy dress ball, or 
some other frolic, there was always the touch magnifique. The 
Burlingame set added an extra syllable to cordiality when her 
name was on the carpet. 

© © © 
Weathered a Storm. 

Then came the rumors of trouble in the family, of loss of 
money and for a time it looked as if the star of her destiny 
had hitched the wrong notch in its orbit and was traveling to- 
wards disaster. Instead of which it only gave her an opportun- 
ity to discover that she had many real friends who might have 
come to profit but remained to offer genuine friendship. Things 
straightened out and this indomitable lady moves on to a cot- 
tage at Newport and even her friends predict that she will not 
make the goal she has set for herself. 

But here come messengers from the spot and report that by 
those deft touches of inspiration which have helped her before 
over hard spots, she has gone sailing right into success in the 
difficult waters of Newport. 

© © © 
Del Monte Notes. 

There was a pretty ceremony at Pebble Beach this week 
when Mr. and Mrs. George T. Cook, prominent in social af- 
fairs of Kansas City, invited a party of friends to witness the 
ground breaking for their new home, which will be built over- 
looking the second fairway of the Pebble Beach course. Mrs. 
Cook turned the sod, with a gold shovel, and Mr. Cook made 
a speech to the effect that Pebble Beach would see him every 
summer from henceforth. A luncheon followed in the Del 
Monte Lodge which was attended by Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Gus- 
tin and Albert Gustin of Kansas City, Mr. and Mrs. Pierpont 
Davis of Los Angeles, Mrs. Marion C. McCartney of Los An- 
geles, Mrs. Thomas Beaham, Miss Helen Beaham, Mr. and 
Mrs. George Carpenter of Medford, Oregon, and Jack Mor- 
rill of Chicago. Building will start immediately on the new 
Cook home, which has been especially designed by Mr. and 
Mrs. Cook, themselves. 

Benjamin Mackell, of San Francisco, will join the Pebble 
Beach society colony. He has purchased a lot overlooking 
ths second fairway of the golf course and is figuring on estab- 
lishing a summer place there. 

Frederick J. Koster. President of the San Francisco Chamber 
of Commerce, has selected a lot near the Del Monte Lodge 
and has announced he will build a home. 

Mr. and Mrs. Pierpont Davis, of Los Angeles, who have been 
visiting Del Monte for the past couple of weeks have pur- 
chased a place in the Pebble Beach colony with an outlook on 
the beautiful Carmel Bay over the fourteenth green of the golf 
course, and they will locate here with their family. Davis is 
a prominent architect of Los Angeles and will make special 
plans for a model home. 



NEW DRINKS AT TECHAU TAVERX 

You will not feel so badly about that little affair of Ju'.y 
1st when you taste some of the corking new drinks to be had 
at Techau Tavern. They are real drinks, most satisfying to the 
taste and are fast becoming popular, especially among those 
who attend the dances which take place every evening includ- 
ing Sunday. There are two special dance periods nightly — at 
dinner time and after the theatre — when favors of Melachrino 
cigarettes, in big boxes are presented to the gentlemen and 
Kewpie Dolls to the ladies. 




WHEN CLOVER BLOOMS. 

When clover blooms in the meadows, 
And the happy south winds blow; 

When under the leafy shadows 
The singing waters flow — 
Then come to me; as you pass 
I shall hear your feet in the grass. 
And my heart shall awake and leap 
And shall trill again, as of old, 
Ere its long rest under the mold — 
When clover blooms. 

Deem not that I shall not waken; 
I shall know, my Love, it is you; 

I shall feel the tall grass shaken 
I shall hear the drops of the dew 
That scatter before your feet; 
I shall smell the perfume sweet 
Of the red rose that you wear 
As of old in your sunny hair; 
Deem not that I shall not know 
It is your light feet that go 
'Mid clover blooms. 

Love, the years have parted — 
The long, long years ! — our ways ; 

You have gone with the merry-hearted 
These many and many days. 
And I with that grim guest 
Who loveth the silence best, 
But come to me — I shall wait 
For your coming, soon or late, 
For soon or late. I know. 
You shall come to my rest below 
The clover blooms. 
James B. Kenyon in "The Harvest Home.' 



WE WILL KEEP OUR DREAMS. 
Our dreams — nay soul, we will not let them go; 

What though the braggart world scoff and deny, 

And pygmies in the market strive and cry, 
As emmet-like they hurry to and fro? 
The bright hours lessen, and the shadows grow, 

But we will seek the silence, thou and I, 

Content, while fame and treasure pass us by, 
To rove through quiet coverts that we know, 
Yea. we will hearken to the wordless speech 

Of opening buds beneath the vernal showers; 
To us the morn its dewy lore shall teach. 

The evening whisper o'er its sleeping flowers; 
And secrets the stars utter, each to each. 

Shall breathe of Peace 'mid her immortal bowers. 
James B. Kenyon in "The Harvest Home." 



AUGUST. 
She sits within the shadow of the vine. 

A swart young Gypsy queen with turbaned head; 

About her knees her dusky hands are spread; 
Her somber eyes with inward ardors shine. 
The woodbine leaves already glow like wine; 

The parched blooms droop above their dusty bed; 

And still she sits, as one among the dead 
And o'er the mown fields, stares and makes no sign. 
An alien from a torrid clime, she knows 

Full well her empery is brief, and soon 
Where the shrunk stream amid its pebbles flows. 

And the cicada's challenge stabs the noon. 
Winter by night shall pile its drifting snows. 

And the frore North chant loud his icy rune. 

James B. Kenyon in "The Harvest Home." 



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July 26, 1919 



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PLEASURE'S WAND 

"Obe\) No Wand But Pleasure's"— TOM MOORE 



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Grace La Rue Charms Orpheum Audiences. 

That particularly bright light of vaudeville stars, 
Miss Grace La Rue. is once more scintillating over the 
Orpheum footlights. And how fortunate the powers- 
that-be in Orpheum circles are that she will grace their 
boards. That is not meant for a pun, never was I more 
serious-minded than in my belief that it is a pity that 
Miss La Rue is in a class by herself, because only 
about once a year or so can we count on her appear- 
ance here. Would that there were more delightful and 
refined comediennes of her sort, even granting that no 
one else could achieve her unique and charming per- 
sonality! Last year she thrilled us with a song "The 
Americans Come,'' that will linger long in our mem- 
ories. Her present repertoire is in lighter vein, but 
every offering is a delight. In "Jeunnesse," a little bal- 
lad of five short lines, in English, notwithstanding the 
French title, her golden voice and expressive render- 
ing give one a sense of exquisite perfection. As an en- 
core Miss La Rue is singing "She was Only a Dancer 
in a French Cafe." an old favorite. Her gowns go far 
to express her personality and are as interesting as 
they are attractive. 

The only act on this week's bill making its initial ap- 
pearance in San Francisco is that presented by Theo- 
dore Bekefi of the Russian Imperial Ballet, assisted by 
Sofia Scherer and Miss Lorraine Marie Wise. Bekefi 
is an artist of grace and lightness as is at once evident 
in his opening number with Miss Scherer. Miss Scherer 
is a worthy partner both in this number and the Slav- 
ich Rhapsodie with which they close their program. 
Bekefi dances a Sailor's Hornpipe of his own compo- 
sition that is very clever. Miss Wise appears in two 
solo dances, which she executes with simplicity and 
grace. All the costumes are fresh and attractive in 
design and materials and the ensemble is indeed high 
class. 

Deiro. "Master of the Piano Accordeon." plays a va- 
riety of selections and has rather a hard time making a 
final get-away from the audience. He and his music 
are popular and well remembered, as are the other acts 
appearing this week. "At Jasper Junction" presented 
by Miriam Wills and Jack Clifford is receiving a rous- 
ing reception. Clifford's characterization of the sta- 
tion agent and of a tramp "dope fiend," which he of- 
fers by way of encore, are praiseworthy. Miss Wills is 
a natural sort of girl and very good to look at. 

The remaining numbers are holdovers from last 
week. "The American Ace" has lost none of its thrills, nor the 
Three Jahns any of their daring. Eddie Janis and Rene Chap- 
low still successfully are proving that "Music Hath Charms,'' 
and Harry Hines is still winning applause on his signal for 
the same. He has added a new song to his repertoire this 
week, one of those part French part English songs of so sug- 
gestive a character that it is anything but an addition to his 
act. The weekly news shows every thing from airplane flights 
in France to flighty New York girls setting a new summer style 
of stockingless feet. 

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Miller and Bates Triumph at Columbia. 

"Moliere," long heralded anfJ eagerly awaited by all those 
who never miss a Henry Miller production, and now playing 
at the Columbia Theatre, marks a signal triumph in that able 
producer-actor's long career. As he. himself, remarked on its 
premiere on Monday night in a graceful curtain speech, it was 
his good fortune to persuade Blanche Bates to apepar with him 
in "Moliere." And so it was San Francisco's very good for- 
tune to welcome once more one of her own daughters, "the girl 
of the Golden West." to quote Miller again, who has reflected 
so much glory on her native city. 




Miss lone Pastori, Next Week at the Orpheum 



But after seeing "Moliere" one's feeling of pride is mixed 
with a consciousness of having been granted a rare priviiege, 
a privilege of witnessing a performance of the highest art. the 
pinnacle so seldom reached even by the few who set their 
standards high. A splendid cast surround these distinguished 
principles, and the costumes and stage settings, dating back to 
the time of Louis XIV of France, are colorful and beautiful. 
The second scene, which reproduces the boudoir of the Mar- 
quoise de Montespan. the King's Mistress, is perfect in its deco- 
ration and appointments, even to the old spinet of tinkling note. 

Blanche Bates as Montespan, a beautiful picture with her 




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blonde curls, fairest of skins and lovely costumes, is the center 
of attraction throughout the first two acts. One moment the co- 
quette, playing with the courtiers, the next the scheming favor- 
ite and suppliant at the feet of the King, or again the fury 
whose plans of winning Moliere are foiled, she is vivid, daring, 
clever, charming, as she runs through the gauntlet of all human 
emotions. Her voice is musical and low. and as distinctly 
flexible as it is audible. It rang as beautifully and as sincerely 
in the little talk (for it was more than a "curtain speech") she 
made to the audience on Monday night. And may her predic- 
tion that "Moliere" is the first of a series of worth-while drama 
by which the theatre will come again into its own after these 
four years of lighter entertainment that naturally follow in the 
wake of war, come true. 

Henry Miller reaches the height of his art in the last act. 
where, barred from the King's favor, and with but a handful of 
followers out of the many who had echoed their Monarch when 
Moliere was dramatist to the King, deserted by the wife he has 
loved, he is at Death's door, and remembering only the happy 
days of his youth when he traveled with his little troupe along 
the h : ghways of France. He returns to the present just long 
enough to fold his penitent wife in a long embrace before he 
dies, faithful to his country, his love and his art unto the end. 

Forrest Robinson, as Coligne, an old actor, is excellent, as 
is David Glassford as Louis XIV. Armande, Moliere's wife is 
portrayed by Catherine Calhoun Doucet, who, simple and 
naive, makes an excellent foil to Bates' Montespan. Alice Gale, 
as La Forest, cook to Moliere, holds the center of the stage in 
the opening act very creditably and her role is well sustained 
throughout the play. The entire cast is well chosen, and a grate- 
ful public feels that much is added to their debt to Henry Miller 

for this production of "Moliere." 

* * * 

Within the Law" Wins Praise at Alcazar. 

Not because "Within the Law" is one of the most famous 
dramas of recent years, and not because it was written by Bay- 
ard Veiller, a former San Francisco newspaper man, will the Al- 
cazar play to crowded houses this week, but rather because they 
have built up a stock company that is really capable of giving 
this drama a splendid presentation. On Sunday night when they 
opened with "Within the Law," Miss Bennett, Miss Jean Oliver, 
Mr. Richardson and others of the cast had to take many cur- 
tain calls from an insistent audience. 

Miss Bennett, as Mary Turner, the shop girl who is unjustly 
accused and sentenced to a three years term in prison, as "an 
example to the other girls," to quote her employer, gives an 
impersonation that is a surprise even to her greatest admirers. 
When, in the last part of the first act. she is led in hand-cuffed, 
to make a plea for a living wage so that girls may live hon- 
estly, her acting reaches the top notch of dramatic achieve- 
ment. And Walter P. Richardson, leading man, as Joe Har- 
son, a forger, is almost unrecognizable, and does splendid work 
along rather a new line of impersonation for him. 

Little Miss Jean Oliver, though only three weeks old with 
the company, has undoubtedly won herself a big place in the 
hearts of Alcazar audiences. She portrays Agnes Lynch, a 
confidence woman, whom Mary Turner has met while in the 
penitentiary. The two girls live together when they come out. 
but Mary is the brains of the partnership who plans their 
coups so that the hands of the law may not reach them, and 
Agnes is a sprightly, slangy ray of sunshine not overburdened 
with gray matter, but with always a word to lighten the situa- 
tion when tragedy stalks too near. Vaughan Morgan, as "Eng- 
lish Eddie," a crook, who has turned stool pigeon, and who 
gets his due at the hands of Joe Garson after he has trapped 
the latter, does a bit of character acting that does him even 
more credit than the lead he portrayed so well in last week's 
production. When he is discovered in the last act by the man 
he has betrayed, and he receives his death wound, his realiza- 
tion of the situation and his collapse after the bullet has been 
ured. is perfect in its artistry. 

Edna Shaw, as the much to be pitied shop girl who lets an- 
other "do time" for her stealings, does some difficult emotional 
acting that does her much credit, and Emily Pinter is good in 
the role of private secretary to Gilder, proprietor of the Em- 
porium. This rather difficult role is assumed by Rafael Brun- 
ette and is well sustained throughout the play. Thomas Chat- 
terton, as Dick Gilder, son of the man who has wrecked Mary 
Turner's life, and through whom she plans to revenge herself 



on the father, is as good in the first part of the play when he 
is the care-free rich man's young son, as later when he becomes 
the decent, understanding man, ready to protect the woman he 
loves. Henry Shumer, as Inspector Burke, of the New York 
Police, as usual, meets all requirements and is as great a dis- 
credit to detective methods as he is a credit to himself and the 
company. He has staged a production of this masterpiece of 
melodrama that is well worth while, and which is seen here for 
the first time by the majority of San Francisco audiences. 

Orpheum. — Grace La Rue, the International Star of Song, 
who is scoring a tremendous success at the Orpheum, will be- 
gin the last week of her engagement next Sunday matinee and 
will present a new and delightful program. There will also be 
a great new bill. The Reckless Eve, William B. Friedland- 
er's latest and most successful musical comedy production, 
which was written by Will M. Hough, will receive an elaborate 
and beautiful presentation. Eddie Nelson and Dell Chain have 
one of the real hits of vaudeville. Before joining forces for 
the presentation of their present hilarious travesty, "Use Your 
Own Judgment," Nelson was of the team of Dooley & Nel- 
son and Chain was the Chain of Hufford & Chain. Miss lone 
Pastori is well and favorably known here as a lyric soprano of 
beautiful voice and fine culture which has made her immensely 
popular on the local concert platform. Bob Murphy and El- 
more White will be responsible for a peppy arrangement of 
tunes and laughs. They are clever and versatile young men 
and capital singers and comedians. Jack Clifford and Miriam 
Wills in "At Jasper Junction," Theodore Bekefi, assisted by 
Sofia Scherer and Lorraine Marie Wise, in character and classi- 



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cal dances, the latest Hearst Weekly and Deiro, the Piano 
Accordeon Virtuoso, will be the remaining numbers in a thor- 
oughly enjoyable program. 

* * * 

Alcazar. — The gripping human appeal of "Within the Law.'' 
tremendously acted by the amazingly versatile New Alcazar 
Company this week, is exerted from another leverage the com- 
ing week, beginning with next Sunday's matinee, in Maude 
Fulton's whimsical comedy. "The Brat." When Miss Fulton 
gai'.y disported herself in San Francisco a few season's ago, 
as eccentric dancer and musical comedienne, there was no in- 
timation that she would soon become a representative woman 
playwright. That even then she was a prolific short story 
writer was unsuspected by the public that applauded her. When 
"The Brat" captivated New York over night and its run length- 
ened into months, there stood revealed a new dramatist of 
poetic imagination, brilliant wit, shrewd philosophy and deep 
understanding of human nature. The central figure in "The 
Brat." for which Belle Bennett may be relied upon for wholly 
original interpretation at the Alcazar, is a sagacious, sophisti- 
cated little waif picked up in a New York night court by a 
blase novelist seeking new character studies and taken into 
his mother's fashionable home where she creates a moral up- 
heaval. This bedraggled little butterfly, placed under observa- 
tion, much as a curious specimen of insect is microscoped by 
entomologists, has become acclaimed as one of the most oddly 
fascinating figures in drama. "The Brat" embodies enough 
flashing wit and blistering satire for half a dozen one act play- 
lets and is entwined with a love story of rare beauty and charm. 
The cast includes that well poised young actor. Thomas Chat- 
terton. as the merciless inquisitor of a novelist; Walter Rich- 
ardson as the dissolute son of the disturbed household ; Al Cun- 
ningham as the worldly bishop; Jean Oliver as the intriguing 
debutante; Emily Pinter as the alluring Jane; Edna Shaw as 
the fashionable matron and versatile Vaughan Morgan as the 
bibulous butler. To follow, by special arrangement with Klaw 
& Erlanger, is a wild whirl of wedding bell frivolity, "Here 
Comes the Bride," the farcial fancy of Max Marcin. author of 

"The House of Glass," and Roy Atwell, musical comedian. 
* * * 

Fairmont Hotel. — A big revue will be staked in Rainbow 
Lane at the Fairmont Hotel beginning this Monday evening, 
and continuing every night except Sunday. Four stunning 
"show girls" and four of the daintiest "ponies" imaginable 
will appear in a variety of attractive specialties, including a 
"Rainbow Lane" number, with original music and beautiful 
costumes which thoroughly preserve the atmosphere of the 
room. There will also be a fetching French number and a 
"Witches' Dance," which will be made weirdly mysterious 
through the "Lobsterscope," a novel lighting apparatus. Rudy 
Seiger has written several catchy songs and dance numbers for 
the revue and the costumes will be many and varied. Vanda 
Hoff. the inspirational dancer, will present a series of new na- 
ture dances and the other entertainers will have many distinc- 
tive novelties to offer. The afternoon teas in the beautiful 
Laurel Court of the Fairmont Hotel attract many delightful 
parties every day between half past four and six o'clock, when 
'Rudy Seiger's orchestra discourses charming music and the 
Sunday evening lobby concerts axe always well attended by 
discriminating music lovers. The vocal soloist for this Sun- 
day evening at a quarter of nine o'clock will be Darrell V. 
Cole, dramatic baritone, who will be accompanied by Walter 
Frank Wenzel. 



While in the Army I was accompanied by a sergeant 

that, to hear him talk, was one of the brainest men Uncle Sam 
had hired. On pass one Sunday, in a certain town, a young 
woman we met on the street asked us if we cared to go to her 
house and have a cup of coffee. On arriving we were intro- 
duced to her mother, who made excuses in regard to her ap- 
pearance. She remarked, "I'll go and put on the percolator." 
The sergeant said, "Oh, you look all right the way you are." — 
T. F. in the Chicago Tribune. 



"While there is. of course, always room for an honest 

difference of opinion," admitted J. Fuller Gloom, "I can not 
understand how the man who holds an opinion different from 
mine can possibly be honest in it, so I do not care to hear what 
he has to say." — Country Gentleman. 



"I hear you are going to marry Archie Blueblood?" said 

one society woman to another. "Is it true?" "Marry him?" 
exclaimed the other. "Not likely. What on earth could I do 
with him? He's rejected from the Army, he can't ride, he 
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tifully, you know." "Swim, indeed! Now. I ask you. would 
you like a husband you had to keep in an aquarium?" — London 
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bigger brother) : "Willy dropped the towel in the water and 
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AN ISLAND SECRET 

By George Homer Meyer 



NORWOOD straining his eyes as he leaned far over the 
side of the cockpit, suddenly caught what seemed to be 
the loom of land. Instantly, also there came to him 
through the darkness a sound he knew — the swish or ripples 
against salt marsh reeds. He threw the mainsheet loose, ran 
forward along the strip of desk beside the yawl's cabin, and 
slid the anchor overboard. Then he dropped the sails, not 
troubling to reef them in the light air, and stared through the 
gloom at the darker shadow which had threatened land. 

"Marsh Island," he thought, "and nothing doing. But I'll 
try the signal anyway." 

Norwood was a "handy" man — fellows who like to cruise 
alone have to be — and in a moment he had hung two red 
lanterns on the mainmast, one above the other. He stepped 
down from the cabin roof and looked at them approvingly. 

"That ought to fetch 'em — whoever they are." 

Then he lay down on the cushions in the cockpit, fixed his 
eyes on what he believed to be the shore, and entertained him- 
self musing on the foolishness of his quest. 

It had not seemed silly at the beginning — there in the 
crowded court room, the gray-faced defendant sitting near, bent 
and hopeless, the great masses of white showing so plainly in 
the once black hair, his eyes dull and weary in their dark 
circles. Yet those eyes had lighted suddenly as they met Nor- 
wood's, and the whisper came instantly, though there seemed 
no movement of the lips : 

"You have a boat — sail south to the Narrows — tonight — 
show two red lights — " 

The whisper ended suddenly, and Norwood looked up to see 
the special prosecutor gazing toward him with unpleasant keen- 
ness through his glasses. Also other eyes were upon him — 
and a warning came from the. bench : 

"Spectators will not press too closely upon those actually 
engaged in the trial of this case." 

It was not said harshly, but the words sounded wonderfully 
distinct — and Norwood had drawn back instantly. He had 
heard no more — yet he was here. 

It was wearisome waiting, and he must have dozed at last 
in the warm summer night, for suddenly he was awake again, 
and on the shore, if that blacker mass were indeed the land, 
was a flickering flame of fire, such as might be shown for a 
moment by touching a match to a fragment of paper. While 
he looked the flame fell, and lay sputtering and failing. Then 
across the black stillness between the boat and the shore came 
a call, faint and entreating: 

"Oh, why do you wait? Why don't you come?" 

"Good God!" muttered Norwood, for the voice was a 
woman's. 

"Wait — I'm coming. I'll be there in a moment," he called ex- 
citedly, also a little rashly, since he knew that between the yawl 
and the island must be thick masses of mud and sedge. But 
he had scarcely stepped into the yacht's little tender and set 
his lantern in the bow when its light flashed on an opening in 
the reeds. With the sculling oar in his active hands he sent the 
little craft shooting up the grass-banked lane of water as if she 
were a launch. In a moment her prow berthed solidly into 
something thick and firm, while on the higher ground a few 
yards above a spark or two still flickered faint'.y in the grass 
for his further guidance. 

He found her seated on the hillside — a dark-clad figure save 
for something white about her neck and shoulders. Her arms 
were resting on her knees, and it seemed to Norwood that her 
head drooped forward in an attitude of extreme weariness. A 
cloudy mass of hair, dark in the night, but which he fancied 
somehow would be light and "glinting" in the daytime, hung 
low about her temples, hiding the face which she had not lifted 
at his approach. 

Norwood spoke in a tone of hesitating excuse — there seemed 
somehow to be no need for apology. 

"I fell asleep — I think I must have done so — after I hung 
the lanterns." 



She did not lift her face to answer, only make a slight move- 
ment of her arms as of weary impatience. In a strange choked 
voice came words : 

"I am starving." 

"Good God!" said Norwood. 

The girl did not speak again. But as he gazed in shocked 
bewilderment, her drooping head seemed to sink lower as if 
she could no longer hold herself upright. He uttered a half 
cry. dropped on his knees and caught her as she fell. 

He stared in incredulous recognition, and a great thrill of 
pity and tenderness throbbed through him as he gazed. 

"You poor child! Oh. you poor child!" was all he could think 
of to say or do. 

He scarcely remembered afterward how he had gotten her 
aboard the yacht, so swiftly was it done. It seemed to him 
that she was no weight at all, as he lifted the slender figure 
over the low side. Then he found his portable electric lamp, 
and a touch at the thumbscrew flooded the little cabin with 
light. 

The pale face with its clustering cloud of glinting hair lay 
clear beneath his gaze now. delicate as a child's, almost, the 
impression of extreme youth heightened by the closed eyes 
and the lashes lying low on the soft cheeks. It was not a beau- 
tiful face — the features, piquant and charming as they were, 
lacked much in regularity — but Norwood, as he gazed, won- 
dered that he had never until now fully realized how irresist- 
ibly sweet and winning it was. Then, as her thoughts crowded 
again into his mind; his gaze grew softer still, and he caught 
himself murmuring, but with a change, the words he had used 
before : 

"Oh. you poor, loyal, little girl!" 

In the corner of the cabin opposite was an ingenious arrange- 
ment of Norwood's own planning and construction, half closet, 
half sideboard, tiny to an extreme degree, but sufficient for 
the needs of a solitary yachtsman, even with the occasional 
chance of a guest. 

Norwood had no inclination toward stimulants, his one taste 
of the sort being for rare old brands of port. He drank little 
of it. but he liked to have it about — and he felt like taking 
credit to himself for that now. In a moment his arm was be- 
neath the little head there on the cushions, his cushions, some- 
how there was rapture in the thought — and he was holding the 
warming, strengthening draught to her lips. She swallowed a 
little, and as he laid her head back, it seemed to him that even 
in her unconsciousness she sighed as if in satisfaction. 

"Ted!" 

The voice came from the couch a few minutes later, and 
Norwood turned his head to see two wide-open troubled eyes 
of blue meeting his own. He was seated in the companion- 
way half in, half out. of the cabin, and on the floor of the 
cockpit beside him burned a blue-flame stove with a great ac- 
companiment of boiling and bubbling. Even within the cabin a 
faint appetizing scent was noticeable. 

"Ted!" 

"Certainly Ted — who else?" said the gentleman addressed, 
smiling cheerfully, and doing his best to assume a matter of 
fact air. 

"But — but — " the amazed tones faltered — "what are you do- 
ing here?" 

"Watching the kettle boil — ditto the saucepan. That is. to be 
more correctly the thing. I'm watching what's in them boil." 

"But, but what — " 

"What's in 'em? Hot water for tea in one — or coffee, if 
you'd rather. Probably beef tea in the other — not the 'Jungle' 
brand either. In a minute you're to drink about a quart of it. 
In the meantime be a good child and keep still." 

He turned toward the stove and made a great show of be- 
ing busy, and for a moment the girl watched him silently with 
her wide-open eyes. 

"Ted," she said again, "you know you oughtn't to be here." 

"You are here." he answered, a little grimly. Then he added, 



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more lightly, "However, it's just as you say. I'll go if you like." 

"Where?" she asked, as he made as if to rise. 

"Overboard, of course. This hotel's afloat, you know." 

Her eyes wandered from his for a moment, and her answer 
when it came was scarcely relevant: 

"Ted." she said pleadingly, "I'm so hungry." 

Something rose in his throat, and he did not speak. But in 
a moment he had a cup that steamed fragrantly in his right 
hand, and his left was lifting her head. 

"Be careful Nell — it's hot," he said in a choked voice, which 
seemed to give to the commonplace words almost a hint of 
tragedy. 

She moved her head shyly, as it rested in his broad palm. 

"I can sit up, Ted," she said. 

"Drink," he commanded, not removing his hand. She stole 
a half-glance at his face, and obeyed, meekly, 

She drank with a childish eagerness and relish that seemed 
pathetic, and when the cup was emptied slipped her head back 
upon the cushions with a little sigh of content. Then she 
watched with eyes at once curious and kind the deft quickness 
with which he brought forth from various half-hidden recep- 
tacles the yacht's "state" table service, and all the dainties of 
the boat's provision chest. The girl smiled when he had done. 

"I can't eat all that, Ted, even though I am hungry." 

His face had brightened when she began, but it darkened 
again. With quick comprehension she laid her hand lightly on 
his arm. 

"Don't mind, Ted," she said. 

He almost ground his teeth. "I cou'.d forgive him all they 
said of him — but never this. Nell, why did you do it?" he 
demanded, almost roughly. 

The girl hesitated. "I — I — it seemed right to help him," 
she said at last. "His wife, his little children — I loved them " 

"But he — he could expose you to the chance of this." 

"It was not like him," she said slowly. "For three weeks a 
boatman came regularly. Then — no one. Something went 
wrong, did it not? Perhaps you know?" 

"Yes, I know — and something did go wrong," replied Noi- 
wood, a little grimly, as he thought of the day and night sur- 
veillance which within the last two weeks had been established 
and remorselessly maintained upon every one of the few who 
could know this secret. He remembered, too, that hr.ggard- 
faced man in the courtroom, how hardly he had enlisted his air 
— the whisper uttered under hostile, watching eyes; the loo!, 
of entreaty. His face softened : 

"Yes, something went wrong," he repeated. 

"I knew it," she said, rather as one relieved. "He would 
never willingly have neglected us." 

"Us?" Norwood looked up quickly. "There is someone else 
— of course. You could never have stayed alone on the island. 
And she — it is a woman — she is there still, and suffering 
alone?" 

"I have been alone for a week." said the girl shuddering. 
"She could not bear it — not after the boat stopped cominc;. She 
was a Mexican woman — I don't know where they found her. I 
suppose it was hard iO find anyone. We lived in an o d shoot- 
ing box on the island. It was comfortable enough, but I think 
she dreaded the dark and the silence. I do not blame her so 
much. I could read and work. She could do nothing — and 
we must not show ourselves outside except after dark. She was 
always begging that we take our own little boat and go to the 
mainland. Sometimes I was tempted — it was so lonesome. 
But it seemed too bad to risk spoiling everything. He .i?d 
trusted me — and then, his wife — his children! But one nv;-n- 
ing I awoke — and she was gone, and the boat! And then — 
then there was no more food." 

The pale lips trembled, and Ted caught the slight hand re?r- 
est him. and petted it as he would a child's. 

"You poor little girl," he said once more. "You poor loyal 
little girl. He never deserved it, Nell." 

"It was those about him, Ted — not himself. But you never 
liked him." 

Ted smiled. "No." he said slowly. "It is a little hard to 
change one's convictions and politics to order, even — " and 
now as he paused for an instant, a world of tenderness seemed 
blending with the mirth in his eyes, "even." he continued, "il 
one's best girl is on the other side. Ah, don't draw it away. 
Nellie. It's such a dear hand." 

She dropped her eyes shyly, a faint blush darkening t.cr 



white cheek. Then she met his gaze with a little light of 
mischief in her own. 

"Ted," she said pathetically, "the beef tea was good- -but 
don't I get anything else?" 

"You get everything there is in the boat," said Ted ener- 
getically, and had half his store of delicacies within her reach 
in a moment. And she ate as a healthy, half-starved young 
woman should eat, in a way that it did Ted's heart good to see. 
Once she stopped to gaze questionably in his smiling eyes. 

"Oh, but it's good to see you do that, Nell," he said. 

She smiled in answer — just a very little smile — but some- 
thing about it made Ted wonderfully content. 

When she spoke again there was a hint of uneasiness in her 
voice : 

'Ted, ought I to have talked to you as I have? How much 
do you know?" 

"I know that for a month the country's been searched — " 

He ceased speaking, suddenly lifting a warning hand. 

"Listen!" he said. 

From somewhere in the distance there came through the 
night the sound of a muffled throbbing. The girl's eyes opened 
wide with fear. 

"A launch," said Norwood. "Wait." 

He slipped through the companion-way and she heard his 
light step on the cabin roof. In a few seconds he was back 
again with the lanterns, both extinguished. 

"It's three o'clock," he said looking at his watch, "and what 
anyone should legitimately be doing in these marshes at this 
hour I cannot understand. I don't think I left any trail — yet it 
can't be your friends, Nellie. They'd come in less noisy 
fashion." 

She looked at him with troubled eyes, but did not speak. 

"We might as well be on the safe side." he said, "would you 
mind, Nell, if I turned off the light?" 

"It will be so dark," she said, with a little shiver. "You will 
be near?" 

"Sure — right here in the doorway." 

When he had switched off the current, everything became in- 
stantly so intensely black within the cabin that a faint cry es- 
caped the girl. Ted stretched his hands toward her, and met 
her own, groping in the darkness. 

"Oh, Ted." she whispered. 

He pressed the little fingers reassuringly. "It's all right," 
he answered, "don't worry." 

Thereafter for a time they sat silent, while without the 
chug-chugging of the launch engine came every moment more 
distinctly to their ears. Suddenly it ceased. 

"Hang em!" muttered Ted. wrathfully. "What are they up 
to now?" 

As if in answer, a low voice sounded through the night : 

"I certa : nly thought I saw a red light — and it must have 
been somewhere about here." 

Another voice responded, more than a little impatiently: 

"Well, I don't see any light — red or any other kind. What 
I do see is that we'll be fast in the mud in a holy minute if 
we go closer inshore." 

"But the island must be somewhere about here. What's that 
shadow to port there? Maybe that's it." 

"And if it is, how are you going to sail through all that marsh 
grass? I think the screw's fouled already." 

"If I had known." said the owner of the first voice wrath- 
fully, "that there was a launch pilot like you in the business. 
I would have come in a milk wagon." 

"Wish you had," muttered the other voice, adding more 
loudly: "We'd better move. We'll drift into the mud if we don't 
get away." 

The chug-chugging began again, and Norwood gripped the 
little hands more tightly. "I do believe they're going by," he 
whispered. 

"Surely they must see the boat — the masts." said the girl. 

"No — we're in the shadow from where they are. Listen — 
they're farther off already." 

The throbbing of the engine was undoubtedly less distinct. 
And now the two hands seemed to flutter shyly in Ted's clasp. 

He released them reluctantly, but at once. "Nell." he said, 
"it's nearly morning. I'll sit up here in the cockpit and keep 
watch. But you, child, go to sleep." 

"Oh. I couldn't." 

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July 26, 1919 



A N ISLAND SECRET 
Continued from Page 13 



"Well, try. I'll keep away the bugaboos.'' 

She had honestly believed it impossible, but she did go to 
sleep. Her slumbers were troubled. Once, as the memory re- 
mained with her afterward, confusion of sounds ringing in her 
ears, while the boat swayed and rocked; then came silence and 
deeper slumber — later, footsteps beat upon the deck above 
her; there were sounds of struggle, a splash and a cry, then a 
low laugh. Utterly weary as she was, she knew that laugh for 
Ted's. All must be well then. Her eyes c'osed more heavily, 
and she smiled as she slept. 

***** 

When she awoke, it was to be conscious, first of all. that the 
little cabin was filled with sunlight which streamed in through 
the open door. She sat up. and not without difficulty slipped 
from the couch to the open doorway. 

On every side were wide stretches of sunlit waves amid 
which the little yawl was cutting her way at a wonderful rate 
of speed. Every cloth — mainsail, jib and "jigger" — was full 
and drawing its best. Leaning on the tiller was someone of 
whom the girl's first impression was that a mop of wind-blown 
hair and a particularly broad smile made a singularly attractive 
combination, even with the accompaniment of a dark red bruise 
across the cheek. 

"What is it, Ted?" she asked, confusedly, "where are we?" 

He pointed to a cluster of hills far away to port, not so dis- 
tant, however, that their outline could not be recognized. 

"Why. it's San Francisco!" 

"Sure — fine view from here." 

Ted's tone and words were too obviously matter-of-fact. 

"But — but what does it mean. Ted? How did we get here 
— and why did we come?" 

"I slipped out of the marshes with the tide. We've come 
all of thirty miles already. As to why — look there." 

He pointed astern. Far away was what seemed a dot in 
the water. It was a launch coming toward them, head on. 

"They've got the fastest craft afloat," remarked Ted, "and 
they were delayed a little at the start." 

"Delayed?" 

There was a puzzled question in her face. Ted rubbed, as 
if unconsciously, the red mark on his cheek, but his eyes 
danced with merriment. 

"Yes. they lost somebody overboard and had to dig him out 
of the mud. They'll not get you yet awhile. Nell." 

He laughed joyously, boyishly, and the laugh was catching. 

"Can't I do something to help?" 

"Sure. Know how to make coffee?" 

"Oh. then, I'm only to be cook — but I can make coffee." 

"My child," he consoled, "on a cruise — the cook is a sight 
more important personage than the captain." 

She made and gave him the coffee, and when he had seen 
that she was herself supplied, he swallowed his with a look of 
intense enjoyment. 

"Delicious." he said. 

Her cheeks grew rosy, perhaps it was the snapping breeze 
that sent the little yacht so joyously on her way. 

The mole now lay close on the starboard. Ted rose. 

"Look out for heads, Nell," he said. "I am coming about. 
It's up the bay we go." 

"To Oakland?" 

"Yes. well tie up only four blocks from the Court House.'' 

"The Court House? You would not — " 

He shook his head with a sort of tender impatience. 

"Oh, Nell. Nell! Will you never learn to know me? It's 
quite other business I have there than surrendering a runaway 
witness — even if this were not the wrong side of the bay and 
the wrong county for that." 

"If they would only let me be!" she said. 

"But they won't. High and low they have hunted the miss- 
ing witness — one certain private secretary, her testimony the 
only thing needful to convict her late employer. She has not 
been found — until now." 

"Until now?" 

He smiled in reassurance. 

"Don't worry. Nellie. It was he himself who sent me — and 
one can't betray even an enemy's trust." 



She laid her slim white hand upon his as a grateful child 
might have done. He caught it in his own before she could 
draw it away. 

"There's something more I want to say, Nellie," he said 
smiling wistfully, "won't you sit by me here?" 

She obeyed quite meekly, but her eyes were downcast. 

"Nellie!" he whispered, his firm grasp still upon the tiller, 
but his free hand clasping her own with a pressure ever so 
gentle — "Nellie there's a marriage license department in the 
County Clerk's office. And — there's no subpoena out for Mrs. 
Ted Norwood." 

Her lips trembled while they smiled, but she did not seek 
to draw her hand away. The long lashes lay low over her eyes 
and the cheek that was nearest him grew crimson. Ted bent 
and kissed it. 



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I SOCIAL AND PERSONAL ITEMS ! 



ENGAGEMENTS. 

BIBBERO-COWAN. — The engagement was- announced Tuesday by Mr. 
and Mrs. David Btbbero of their daughter, Miss Eva Marion Blbbero, 
to Mr. Stanley Cowan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Cowan of this 
city. 

SUTTON-FLEHARTY. — Announcement is made today of the engagement 
of Miss Ethel Sutton, daughter of George Sutton of 5050 Geary 
street, and Roland Chandeler Fleharty of Bakersfleld. 
WEDDINGS 

BOWIE-KENDALL. — Mrs. Mary D. Bowie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Edward M. Applegarth of Burlingame, was married to Major George 
R. Hicks. l T . S. A., at the home of the bride's parents yesterday 
noon by Chaplain J. T. Kendall of the Presidio. 

KIRK-LOGAN. — Mrs. Alice Howard Kirk of St. Joseph, Mo., was mar- 
ried to Julian A. Logan of San Francisco at the chapel at the River- 
side Mission Inn on July 15th. 

M'BRIDE-EWALD.- The wedding of Miss Gladys McBride and Mr. 
Philip Fred Ewald was solemnized at the home of the groom's sister. 
Mrs. Doris Morley, 1106 Bush street, Saturday, July 11. 1919. 

O'DAY- FRANZ. — Miss Ruby O'Day and Carl L. Franz were married 
Monday evening. 

LUNCHEONS. 

BODEN. — In honor of Miss Elizabeth Stuart, who is visiting here from 
her home in Philadelphia, Mis Penelope Boden entertained with a 
luncheon on Tuesday afternoon. 

BT7RDETTE. — Mrs. Robert J. Burdette of Pasadena, who is now a guest 
at the Palace Hotel observed her birthday anniversary Tuesday by 
giving a delighteful luncheon at the Palace. 

DA CUNHA. — Mrs. Victor da Cunha was hostess at a delightful luncheon 
at the Fairmont Hotel recently. 

DE MAILLY-CHALON. — An attractive luncheon of Wednesday was that 
over which Countess Anselme de Mailly-Chalon presided at her home 
in Sacramento street. 

ELKINS. — Mr. and Mrs. Felton Elkins, who are spending the summer at 
Del Monte Lodge, entertained several guests at luncheon Tuesday at 
the St. Francis Hotel. 

HAMMON. — An unusually delightful luncheon was given on Thursday by 
Mrs. W. P. Hammon at her home on Washington street, with twelve 
guests' present for the luncheon and bridge which followed. 

KESSLER. — In honor of Miss Katherine Kessler, a popular Oakland 
bride -elect. Mrs. Charles St rub enteitained at a luncheon at the 
Palace Hotel a few days ago. 

MORRISON. — Mrs. John F. Morrison and her sister. Mrs. Benjamin Al- 
vord, wife of Col. Alvord, gave the second of a series of bridge 
luncheons Friday at the attractive quarters' of the former at Poi t 
Mason. 

WALKER. — Mrs. Talbot C. Walker entertained this week with a delight- 
ful luncheon at her home in Monteeito in honor of her mother and 
aunt. Mrs. James Ward Keeney of San Francisco, and Mrs. George 
J. Harding of Philadelphia. 

DINNERS 

BRACK. — Miss Frances Brack gave an informal dinner on Monday nit'M 
at her home in Eighteenth avenue for Miss Caroline Blount 

CA RSON, — Last Thursday evening Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. t "arson en- 
tertained at a dinner at their home on Van Ness avenue in honor of 
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Dorey. 

CBU IRIAN, — in honor of the return «»f Mr. and Mrs. Louis de Laveags 
Cebrlan from their wedding trip, Mr. and Mrs. .1. c. Cebrlan gave 
mm unusually pretty dinner at the St Francis recently, 

COOPER. — Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Cooper entertained at dinner at the Bur- 
lingame Country Club Saturday evening. 

CROCKER, — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Templeton Srocfcer were hosts al 
dinner Sundu\ evening at their home. "The Uplands," In Ruringame. 

POPE. — George Pope entertained a group of friends at a dinner party 
at the St. Franeis Monday evening. 

SPRECKELS. — Howard Spreckels gave a dinner one night recently in 
Compliment to Mr. and Mis Hem > Etogl rS Benjamin of New York. 
SUPPERS. 

BALLIN. — Captain Alfred Rallin was the host recently at a supper given 
at the Palace Hotel in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Luis Tanco of Manila. 
DANCES. 

PORTER.— In honor of the birthdays of Marie 

LoutSS and Miss Anne Porter, and their nephew. Walter Hughes. Dr. 
and Mrs. LaAgley Porter g&VS a dancing party at their home on 

California street Monday evening, 

ARRIVALS. 

ANDERSON. — Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Anderson and their son and daugh- 
ter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Berrien Andersvm. returned last weafll from 
l Ml Monte. 

A KM SHY — Mr. and Mrs. George Armsby have returned from the Bast 
after having made their home there for the past two years, and have 
opened their homo in Burlingame. 

AUSTIN.— Lieutenant Parry Austin has arrived in San Franeiaeo and 
hat taken apartments at the Fairmont for the pe rio d of his 84 

EASTWoi.P. — Major Oscar Eastwold arrived Friday OB hoard on* 
mine -planters from Honolulu, and is stationed at Fort YV 
Scott. 



GALPIN.— Mrs. Julia Galpin and her daughter, Miss Julita Galpin, have 

returned after several weeks spent in the Yosemite. 
HART. — Mr. and Mrs. Benno Hart, accompanied by their daughter and 

son, have returned from a two weeks' visit to Del Monte. 
HEWITT.— Mrs. H. Kent Hewitt and her little daughter. Miss Floride 

Hewitt, arrived in San Francisco on Friday and are the guests of Mrs. 

Hewitt's mother, Mrs'. Randell Hunt. 
HUSSEY. — Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Hussey. who have been spending the 

last few weeks in Del Monte have returned to their home in San 

Mateo. 
LEVY., — Mis Stella Levy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Levy, has re- 
turned from France and is at the home of her parents on Palm 

avenue. 
RYAN. — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fortune Ryan arrived in San Francisco 

Saturday in their private car and will be at the Palace Hotel for 

the next three or four weeks. 
SAMUEL. — Mr. and Mrs. Mortimer A. Samuel have just returned from 

a very delightful trip of two weeks duration to Lake Tahoe and 

vicinity. 
SLACK. — Miss Edith Slack has returned lo her home in Sacramento 

street after a visit with friends in the mountains of New Mexico. 

where she has been enjoying the last three weeks. 
SHORT. —Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rice Short have returned to San Fran- 
cisco, after a two months' motor trip to Trinity county. 
SPEAR. — Mrs. Boniface Spear, mother of Major J. J. Spear, has returned 

to San Francisco, and has taken apartments at the Hotel Bellevue. 
SFROULE. — Mr. and Mrs. William Sproule returned Sunday evening from 

Lake Tahoe. where they spent the past fortnight. 
SULLIVAN. — After an extended absence in France and Germany, where 

he has been serving with the American forces during the period of 

the war and the armistice, Noel Sullivan has returned to San Fran- 
cisco. 
TOGNETTI. — Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Tognetti have arrived in San Francisco 

from Seattle and are the guests of the tatter's mother, Mrs. w. J. 

Bell, at her home in Funston Boulevard. 
WILLIAMS. — Mr. and Mrs. Evans Williams returned this week from 

Lake Tahoe whither they motored ten days ago. 
DEPARTURES. 
CAhWALADER. — Mr. and Mrs. George Cadwalader and their little son 

have gone to Burlingame. where they will spend the rest of the 

summer. 
EYRE. — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mom Plnckard, accompanied by 

the latter's sister. Mrs. de Co t. have gone to Tahoe. 

FOi'LOis. — Mrs. Benjamin O. Foulols, who recently visited In California 

for several weeks, has returned to Washington. 
GRANT. — Mrs. Adam Grant has gone to Los Gatos, where she hai 

imcnts at the Linden for the remainder of the summer. 
1 1 eynemann. — Mrs, Alexander I teyneraann and her son and daughter 

left Tuesday for Feather River Inn. to be away about a fortnight. 

1 B. — F. R. LflOmlB, who has been spending a few weeks ai Bui - 
lingame with Mrs. Loomis. has returned to Washington, 
LOVHTT. — Coi i extended visit in California, Mr. and Mrs. 

it Lovetl "f New York, left for their Saatern in. me Thursday. 

MARVE.— Mrs QeOrgS D. Marye left Thurxda\ for S. where 

she will be Hie guest of Mrs. John Edward B 
PAGE. — After a several weeks' visit with her mother. Mis. G< i 

Pace, at the family home in San Rafael, Mi- Daniel Armstrong lefl 

Saturday for her home in ]jos Angeles. 
SCHI'LTZ. — Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd BchultS have given up their apartment 

on Pacific a\etme and left for a visit (<> LOS Angt 
SI'UK«'KKI.S-,Mis. Rudolph Spr.-. kels left for - ITS this week 

wher. -tie has made reservations at El Encanto for the remainder 

of the summer. 
STRl'B.-Mrs. Charles Strub left Monday for her country lion 

Gilroy. 
STINSON.— Mr. and Mrs E. T Stinson. who make their home at the 

Eairmont Hotel, left Saturday for Was 
TRAYERS— Mr and Mr* B ra Of Philadelphia, who have 

been spending a few Fairmont Hotel, sailed for Hong- 

kong on the steamer Nanking. 
V< UNO. — Sit Ei -■■■ 

INTIMATIONS 
RAKNETTE. — Commander and Mrs Bradford Barnett.- are visiting In 

San Francisco and are at the Fairmont. 

>\\ — It. and Kis Boxton are 

passing the summer at their attractive place in i 
COOK. — Mr and Mm. Harold Cook Buriingame. where they 

are occupying one of the attracts remainder 

BML 

I>E I-ATOl'R. — Mrs. Gerges de Latour ha- n from the 

tour ranrho. near Rutherford, for a visit in San F nd has 

reopened her apartments at the Clift I 

FILER. — Waiter G. Filer of Burlingame Is spending a fortnight with 
Mrs Filer and their 6 ss Law ton Filer, at Hope Lodge in 

FI-ANPERS — Mrs Edward Aiken Flanders and her two children, have 
gone to Inverness, where they will enjoy the ensuing six weeks at 
the country place of the young matron's parents. 



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San Francisco News Letter 



July 26, 1919 




In the Kit Carson Pass, Looking Toward the Snow Covered Bald Mountain 



A Tour to the Unknown Blue Lakes 

By Clarence B. Smith 

National party discover wonderful rugged country that surpass the attractiveness of Lake County Blue Lakes. 



THE motorist who has never visited 
the Blue Lake has not enjoyed a 
real outing in California. When one 
speaks of Blue Lake it brings to mind the 
Blue Lakes of Lake County and most 
motorists think that is what is suggested 
here. This blue lake is, however, off of 
the Kit Carson trail that runs from Jack- 
son to Woodfords. 

We had often noticed these blue lakes 
on the map and wondered which kind of 
sport was to be found in these waters. 
When we decided to take our two weeks 
outing, this country was selected. 

Motorists are advised to make this loop 
by going over the MarkleeviF.e grade and 
return by the Kit Carson trail. This 
meant too long a journey for us, so we 
just reversed the route and found one 
of the most trying tests that a National 
car was ever put to. 

In going up the Kit Carson trail, just 
two miles after passing Picketts, one 
comes to a well marked road that directs 
motorists to Blue Lakes and Ruffian 
Boarder station. This road of twelve 
miles is marked only passable for horse- 
drawn vehicles for the reason that there 
are two grades of 150 feet long and very 



few cars have ever been able to get 
across under their own power. 

Most of those who have got to the 
lake have been hauled over the pitches, 
but the National did the trick in fine 
shape. Never once did we have to call 
in assistance even on the Markleeville 
grade, and. believe me. it was some 
grade. 

For those who love hunting and fishing 
we found a paradise. The road leads 
through three valleys. The first is called 
Hope Valley with an altitude of about 
7,000 feet. It is the largest of the three 
valleys. It is one of the largest mountain 
valleys I have ever visited. 

One mile over the ridge after climb- 
ing about 500 feet one drops into Faith 
Valley, which is not as large as Hope. 
It is filled with wonderful woods, fine 
streams and delightful lakes. 

After going up 500 feet more one en- 
ters Charity Valley. Although the small- 
est being higher up is wanner and dryer 
and had therefore received more atten- 
tion. It is the smallest of the three, but 
is more developed. It is a wonderful 
cattle raising country. 

Frederick S. Myrtle of the Pacific Gas 



and Electric Company writes most vividly 
of this country when he says : 

"Just why the pioneers of that region 
gave it the name of Hope Valley would 
be difficult to imagine, unless upon the 
lucus a non lucendo principle. In the 
center of this plateau several miles in 
extent the various roads come together 
On all sides are mountain ranges. The 
Placerville grade is out of sight by this 
time and apparently loftier elevations 
hem the traveler in. To the left, on the 
Nevada border, lies the famous Sawtooth 
Range, characteristic indication of the 
traveler's proximity to the Silver State. 

"From Hope Valley another ridge is 
crossed into a valley to which the name 
of Faith has been given. This nego- 
tiated, yet another climb awaits over an 
elevation that separates Faith from its 
next in sequence — needless to say this is 
called Charity Valley. Then, last of all, 
comes a strenuous climb up the slopes of 
Border Ruffian, around the Nipple, as the 
highest peak is named, and over and 
down through a pleasant tract of wood- 
land to Lower Blue Lake. 

"Our party arrived at 'Pacific Service' 
headquarters at the lakeside in mid-af- 



July 26. 1919 



and California Advertiser 



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temoon and were greeted by 'Bill' Coyan, 
the stalwart caretaker, who lives there 
the year round with his daughter to keep 
house for him. His residence, like most 
in that region, is upstairs, so to speak, 
for it is reached by a lofty flight of steps. 
The necessity for this arrangement will 
be seen when Mr. Coyan informs you 
that in the depth of winter it is no un- 
common practice for him to step from 
the platform outside his front door on 
to the frozen snow. 

"Before supper we all hiked over to 
Upper Blue Lake, a distance of a little 
over two miles, the way leading along 
the east shore of Lower Blue and over a 
rock trail to the further sheet of water. 
We had Mr. Lathe, our photographer, 
along with us. and to his efforts we are 
indebted for the set of views that accom- 
pany this article. 

"The next morning we made the trip to 
Meadow Lake. The distance is about 
three miles and the trail leads across the 
dam at Lower Blue and through a pine 
forest to Twin Lakes, a now compara- 
tively small body of water, but from 
which one obtains an excellent view of 
Raymond Peak and the upper end of In- 
dian Valley on the Nevada side of the 
landscape. Leaving Twin Lakes the hike 
is up and down over rock until one de- 
scends to Meadow Lake, which lies sev- 
eral hundred feet below the Blue Lakes 
level. From this the outlet is down the 
Mokelumne River canyon, through which 
the water is carried on its way to the 
great power plant at Electra, some eighty 
miles to the southwest. The waters from 
Blue Lakes pour into the Mokelumne by 
way of Blue Creek, Deer Valley and the 
creek of the same name. 

"It is all, as I have said, wild scenery 
and picturesque to a degree. There is ex- 
cellent fishing in the lakes and there is 
good mountain hiking. Round Top Moun- 




At Blue Lakes, End of the Road Through Hope, Faith and Charity Valleys. This is Supposed 
to Be Only a Road Passable for Horse Dra »n Vehicles, Which the National Car 
Easily Negotiated. This Road Leads Off of the Ki: Carson Trail. 



tain, Nigger Head Peak and the Nipple 
are all eminences upwards of 9000 feet 
above sea level. 

"The Blue Lakes are a picturesque 
cluster of storage reservoirs situated in 
Alpine County near the summit of the 
Sierra Nevada. They, with Bear River 
Reservoir in Amador County, are the 
chief sources of water supply for our 
company's Electra power district. The 
Blue Lakes group embraces Upper or 
West Blue Lake, Lower Blue Lake, Twin 
Lakes and Meadow Lake. 

"Upper Blue Lake is a deep mountain 
lake of fresh, pure water, situated at an 
elevation of 8,100 feet above sea level. 
In its original construction it comprised 
230 acres, but, in 1901, work was com- 
pleted on a dam across its outlet which 
increased the flooded area to 343.5 acres. 

"Lower Blue Lake lies two miles south 
of Upper Blue Lake. The area of Lower 
Blue Lake is 145 acres, its elevation, at 
crest of dam. 8040 feet above sea level. 




Clarence B. Smith, Manager F. J. Linz Motor 
Fine Catch of Fish Caught 



Company, and Party of Friends. Displaying a 
In Upper Blue Lakes 



and it is confined by a dam 1050 feet in 
length. 

"Half a mile in a westerly direction 
from Lower Blue Lake are Twin Lakes, 
united into a single body of water by a 
dam at their outlet on the northwesterly 
side. 

"Meadow Lake is an artificial reser- 
voir about three miles westerly from 
Twin Lakes, and nearly 450 feet below 
them in elevation. It was formed by 
throwing a dam of dry rubble masonry 
and rock fill 775 feet long across the 
west end of an immense granite basin, 
otherwise completely surrounded by 
mountains of great height, thus forming 
a portion of the route of Meadow Creek, 
which is a tributary of the North Fork of 
the Mokelumne River. The drainage area 
of Meadow Lake comprises 3500 acres, 
and the lake floods 141.2 acres with the 
present 73.5-foot dam and has a storage 
capacity of 6110 acre-feet." 
IB- 

The epoch making transcontinental 
trip of two complete Motor Transport 
Corps companies of war strength, consist- 
ing of 42 army trucks, which started from 
Washington on July 7, is receiving an en- 
thus : astic welcome at all points along 
the Lincoln Highway which will be fol- 
lowed over almost the entire journey. 
The trucks are scheduled to arrive in San 
Francisco September 1. Detailed road 
maps of each state to be traversed and 
national highway maps were supplied by 
the National Touring Bureau of the B. F. 
Goodrich Rubber Co. 

This first Atlantic to Pacific military 
trip will be a significant illustration of 
the tremendous possibilities of highway 
transportation. Furthermore it will dem- 
onstrate the practicability of long dis- 
tance freight haulage and the urgent ne- 



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San Francisco News Letter 



July 26, 1919 




The National Car Taking the MarkJeevllle Grace the Wrong Way 



cessity of linking up interstate highway 
routes and presenting the people with a 
unified system of national roads. 

The army truck train comprises the fol- 
lowing: Five passenger cars, thirty-five 
trucks, all of army types, two ambu- 
lances, six motorcycles, two tank trucks, 
two kitchen trailers, two water tank 
trucks, one engineer shop truck and one 
searchlight truck. Technical personnel 
from the motor transport corps, engineer 
corps, medical corps, field artillery and 
air service are making the journey. 

According to Brigadier General Chas. 
P. Drake, chief of the Motor Transport 
Corps, the purposes of the long trip will 
be fourfold : To provide service and per- 
formance tests of various types of army 
motor equipment. To collect data to be 
used in connection with the technical 
training of the personnel of the M. T. C. 
and to provide an opportunity for exten- 
sive study in terrain observation. To dem- 
onstrate the practicability of long dis- 
tance commercial motor truck transpor- 
tation and to point out the necessity of 
governmental appropriations to assist in 
the continuous improvement of all 
through connecting routes in the United 
States. And to provide an opportunity 
for procuring recruits for the Motor 
Transport Service. 

Extensive study in terrain is being 
carried on by officers of Engineering 
Corps and Air Service who have been 
assigned to make the trip, and much 
data of great value to vocational schools 
established by the Motor Transport 
Corps in the training of the commis- 
sioned and enlisted personnel will be se- 
cured. Daily reports will be sent in to 
the War Department of the individual 
performance of each vehicle, and also 
engineering reports relative to the condi- 
tion of the highway, nature and strength 
of bridges, locations of grades and rec- 



ommendations for improvements. 

The convoy is under command of Col- 
onel A. Owen Seaman of the General 
Staff, who will have charge as far as Salt 
Lake City, Utah, at which point General 
Drake will take personal command. 

Service stations and branches of the 
Goodrich Company, whose equipment is 
on a number of the passenger cars and 
trucks of the army motor train, will ren- 
der expert tire service along the route 
from coast to coast, where the occasion 
demands. 

»■ 

The new speed law has already de- 
veloped a new mild form of road hog 
which while not as vicious as the driver 
of horse drawn vehicles of the early 
days of motoring is decidedly as annoy- 
ing. 

It is the motor car owner who does not 
care to take advantage of the increased 
speed allowed by the new law. He trav- 
els along at his old time gait without a 
thought of those behind him. 

This is all right on week days but on 



Sundays and holidays it should be a lack 
of consideration for his fellow motorist, 
especially on El Camino Real between 
this city and San Jose. 

The travel is so heavy at such times 
that those behind these slow moving 
passenger cars and motor trucks that are 
acting as carryall are held up all the 
way from ten to thirty minutes before 
theie is a chance to get by without the 
danger of "cutting in." At such times 
one may be able to see nea"ly a hundred 
cars strung out like a wiggling tail of a 
snake. 

Here is a chance for the traffic of- 
ficerr along the road to show a little head- 
work. The law provides that slow mov- 
ing vehicles must draw to one side to 
allow a faster car tc pass within the 
limit of the law and it is iust as danger- 
ous to congest traffic in this way, put- 
ting a premium on "cutting in" as it is 
to travel at a speed greater than the 
law allows. 

3B- 

The West Indies absorb nearly a third 
of the total automobile exports from the 
United States to Latin America, and 
Cuba, our best Latin American customer, 
takes 84 per cent of this West Indian 
trade. Large returns from sugar have 
made the Cuban planters prosperous, 
and they purchase not only motor trucks 
for use on their estates, but the highest- 
priced passenger cars for pleasure driv- 
ing. From the fiscal year 1913 to 1918 
the value of our exports of motor ve- 
hicles and parts to Cuba multiplied 20 
times. 

JBT 

"I hear our friend 'Gasoline' is quite 
low," remarked the Spark Plug. 

"Yep. he can't last long, - ' observed the 
Piston. 

"What ails him?" 

"Rapid consumption." 



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In the Neighborhood of Twin Lakes 



July 26. 1919 



and California Advertiser 



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Touring Through the Valley of the Seven Moons 

Oldsmobile Scout Car visits the last of the Mission towns to be established in California. 



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Few sections of California have more 
romance connected with them than that 
part of Napa County from Sonoma to 
Glen Ellen. This valley, made famous 
by Jack London, in his book "The Val- 
ley of the Moon," dates back to the time 
of the Mission Fathers, when they estab- 
lished the twenty-first and last of the 
Franciscan Missions in California in 
honor of St. Francis of Solano in Sonoma 
in 1823. 

To compile a historical data on this 
valley Manager E. A. Hamlin of J. W. 
Leavitt and Company, recently sent out 
an Oldsmobile Eight to map out the route 
into the section and get the story of the 
country. 

The regular route was followed to So- 
noma by way of the Black Point cut- 
off, a highway well known to visitors to 
the section of San Francisco Bay. 

Sonoma still contains many of the old 
adobe buildings around the Missions, 
those which were used by the Mission 
Fathers, then later by the Spanish 
Grandees, then by the Vallejos and to- 
day doing service as humble hostelry. 

While the Oldsmobile party were en- 
joying a bit of luncheon, upon their ar- 
rival, they experienced some of the ex- 
citement that marked the settlements of 
yesterdays. 

Suddenly on the quietness of the Sun- 
day air there rang out the peeling of a 
bell. In a moment all was excited, the 
restauranteur forgot our meal, exclaim- 
ing: "It is a fire," as he rushed out of 
the front door and across the Plaza. All 
became hubbub and noise in the P'.aza, 
in the center of which is situated the fire 
house. 

A few seconds later the apparatus ap- 
peared, being hauled by men and boys 
tailing on the long towline. This was a 
strange sight in the day of the modern 
motor fire apparatus. 

The Oldsmobile party caught the fever 
and rushed to the street as the inhabi- 
tants shouted: "It is the Mission."" This 
was real excitement for them for they 
had come many miles to see this old 
landmark and picture it. and here they 
were about to see its passing into ob- 
livion. 

Jumping into the Oldsmobile the party 
raced over to the Mission. Close by, at 
a fire plug, was the old-time apparatus 
being worked by hand. How those fel- 



lows pumped in the hot sun, shouting a 
sing-song tune to make the work easier. 

It was a false alarm as far as the Mis- 
sion was concerned, for it was a grass 
fire in the enclosure that is surrounded 
by the old portico. It served its purpose, 
for the party had enjoyed all the ex- 
citement of a fire as in the "days of 
old." 

The foundation of the Mission at So- 
noma, the last of those to be erected in 
California links its history up with that 
of the United States, for the first cere- 
mony took place on July 4, 1823, the 
National Day of Independence. 

The original Mission, a part of which 
still stands, was originally surrounded by 
a granary and eight houses for the use 
of the padres and soldiers, some of which 
are still is existence. 

Few who visit Sonoma today realize 
the stirring scenes that have surrounded 
it At one time it was threatened by the 
Russians, who were held in check by 
General M. G. Vallejo. 

In August, 1838, a band of 50 horse 
thieves crossed the Sacramento River 
with a number of tame horses, for the 
purpose of stampeding the Sonoma 
herds. Vallejo gave battle and killed 34 
of the robbers, the rest surrendered, and 
the chief was shot in Sonoma. 

In October of the same year certain 
persons made the friendly Chief Solano 
drunk, seizing many Indian children and 
selling them into slavery. Vallejo after 
arresting the chief sent out all the sol- 
diers at the mission, recovering the chil- 
dren and restoring them to their parents. 
In the same year smallpox broke out and 
before the epidemic was under control 
70,000 Northern Indians passed away. 

Later Sonoma was captured by the 
Bear Flag Revolutionists and the oper- 
ations of Fremont. In 1880 the mission 
grounds were sold to private parties for 
$3,000. In 1903 it again changed hands, 
the purchaser presenting it to the state 
of California, and is now preserved as 
one of the valuable landmarks of the 
state. 

From Sonoma one can travel up the 
Valley of the Moon over what is known 
as the East or West side road. For those 
who enjoy the pLturesqueness the west 
side is more inviting. It leads over roll- 
ing country, well covered with shade 
trees, permitting those who so desire to 



stop and rest or enjoy luncheon as there 
are many more opportunities than when 
traveling up the east side. Both roads, 
however, merge together at Glen Ellen, 
where is located the ranch and home of 
Jack London, before he passed away. 

Jack London made this section famous 
through his story of "The Valley of the 
Moon." But that title dates back even be- 
yond the times of this noted writer as 
many of the old pioneer residents are 
familiar with the Indian legend that 
designates this valley as "The Valley of 
the Seven Moons." 

The legend runs that food being short 
in the north a large band of Indians 
came down by way of what is now Santa 
Rosa into the valley for the purpose of 
raiding the stores of food which the In- 
dians at Sonoma were known to possess. 
This raiding band entered the valley in 
the evening and were proceeding south- 
ward as the night came on, preparing to 
make an attack in the darkness. 

Instead of darkness a full bright har- 
vest moon came up over the horizon. As 
they tramped along in Indian file, the 
moon disappeared, only to come in sight 
again. For six times this happened and 
each time it disappeared and reappeared 
the superstitious Indians became nerv- 
ous. They did not realize the condition 
of the rolling country over which they 
were traveling that continually shut out 
the moon. 

As the moon appeared for the seventh 
time its roundness was broken and the 
Indians stopped in awe to watch the phe- 
nomena. Slowly darkness covered the 
moon. It was in an eclipse, a thing un- 
appreciated by the Indians, who think- 
ing it was a demonstration of the wrath 
of their God turned and fled northward, 
never daring to look backward, traveling 
night and day until they reached home 
where they spread broadcast the story of 
the wonderful "Valley of the Seven 
Moons." 

From Glen Ellen the Oldsmobile party 
made the run of a little over 13 miles 
through Bennirt's Valley into Santa Rosa 
and thence down the state highway to 
Sausalito. 



The packers would never be perse- 
cuted if their industry thrived by ex- 
terminating road-hogs. 



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San Francisco News Letter 



July 26, 1919 



FINANCIAL AFFAIRS 



The active preparation for a resumption of trade between the 
countries recently at war is not a matter of surprise, according 
to The National City Bank of New York, commenting on the 
steps now being taken in that direction. The pre-war trade be- 
tween the Central Powers and the Allies and their associates 
amounted to nearly $3,000,000,000 a year, which of itself would 
suggest a reasonably prompt return to former relations, while 
the history of all wars of the commercial period — 1850-1919 — 
shows in every instance not only a prompt return to trading re- 
lations but an increase of trade between countries only a mo- 
ment earlier at war 

Trade between France and Germany following their war of 
1870-1871 was not only promptly resumed but promptly in- 
creased. The imports of France from Germany in the year 
before that war, 1869. were $50,000,000 and in 1872, the year 
following the war, were approximately $70,000,000 and aggre- 
gated $66,000.00 a year during the five years following the 
war. Germany imported from France in 1869 $60,000,000 worth 
of merchandise and in the five years following the war her im- 
ports from France averaged $83,000,000 a year. 

Another striking example of trade resumption closely fol- 
lowing war relations is found in the figures of our own trade 
with Spain prior to and following our war with that country. 
The imports of the United States from Spain in 1897, the year 
prior to that war. were in round terms $4,000,000, and in the 
five years following that war averaged $6,000,000 per annum, 
while our exports to that country which were $11,000,000 a 
year preceding the war advanced to an average of $14,000,000 
a year in the five years which followed it. In the case of the 
Russo-Japanese War. the exports of Japan to Russia in the five 
years following that struggle averaged twice as much per an- 
num as in the year preceding that war. 

The volume of the pre-war commerce between the Central 
Powers and the Allies and their associates was very large, 
larger, perhaps, than is usually realized and aggregated nearly 
$3,000,000,000 a year. Our own trade with Germany, Austria- 
Hungary and Turkey aggregated nearly $600,000,000 in our 
fiscal year 1914. all of which preceded the war. and more than 
$500,000,000 of this was with Germany alone, about $50,- 
000,000 with Austria-Hungary, and $25,000,000 with Turkey. 
Our exports to Germany in the year preceding the war amount- 
ed to $330,000,000, to Austria-Hungary $23,000,000. and to 
Turkey about $5,000,000. while from Germany our imports 
were $19,000,000. Austria-Hungary $20,000,000. and Turkey 
over $20,000,000. 

Great Britain sold to the Central Powers in the year prior to 
the war about $400,000,000 worth of merchandise and bought 
from them another $400,000,000 worth; France sold to Ger- 
many, Austria-Hungary, and Turkey about $200,000,000 worth 
of merchandise per annum prior to the war. and took from 
them about $250,000,000 worth. Italy's sales to the Central 
Powers aggregated about $125,000,000 a year and her pur- 
chases from them $175,000,000, while Belgium's imports from 
them were about $160,000,000 per annum and her sales to them 
$220,000,000. In fact, the Allies and their associates. Great 
Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, the United States, Japan. Can- 
ada, Australia, and British India, bought from Germany in 
1913 more than $1,000,000,000 of merchandise and sold to her 
nearly $1,500,000,000 worth, while from Austria they bought 
about $150,000,000 worth and sold her $200,000,000 worth, 
making the total of pre-war trade between the two great groups 
of nations recently at war fully $3,000,000,000 per annum. 

* * * 

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has made application for approval 
of the purchase of the Durham Light & Power Co. The latter 
company supplies the town of Durham, 8 miles below Chico. 
and is owned by Foster & Foster. 

* * * 

Trading has been exceedingly active this week at the mining 
exchange. The trading resulted from very favorable reports 



from the new find in the Divide Extension. It is authoritively 
reported that the Divide Extension on the 100 foot crosscut, 
which was run through about 21 feet, has cut samples which 
averaged $197.50 per ton. 

* * * 

Forrest B. Caldwell, consulting engineer for the Divide Ex- 
tension, is jubilant over the new strike. It was upon his re- 
sponsibility that the Divide Extension operations were made, 
and in this he disregarded the reports of noted geologists and 
engineers who were of the opinion that the Divide Extension 
could not be made to pay. 

* * * 

Very encouraging assays have been found in the shaft and 
surface of the Horseshoe Mine, and it is thought that the Di- 
vide Extension vein passes through this property. Machinery 
has been installed and air drills will begin cross-cutting to 
the ledge which assayed until it disappeared out of sight. 



There are many garages in town and the motorist is 

often in a quandary as to where to go. especially for permanent 
service. There are very few who give you the quality of 
service of Dow & Green, in Taylor street, between O'Farrell 
and Geary. Here your car will receive something more than 
the "once over," and the prices are moderate. 



When You Think of Photographs 
Remember the House of 

HARTSOOK 

Twelve Studios in California 

41 Grant Avenue 

San Francisco, Cal. 



U. S. Garage Pearson Garage 

750 Bush Street 345 Bush Street 

Phone Garfield 7 1 3 Phone Douglas 2 1 20 

Repair Shop and Annex 350 Bush Street 



Largest and most complete Garages in the West 



TIRES VULCANIZING 

THOMAS H. ELKINGTON 

Distributor for KELLY-SPRINGFIELD TIRES 

Long Mileage Tires and Second-Hand Tires 
1143 VAN NESS AVE.— Near Geary Phone PROSPECT 1566 



Automobile Starting and Lighting Systems 
Give Satisfactory Results When Given Proper Attention 

We specialize on electrical equipment, storage batteries, etc. 
and guarantee satisfaction. 

GUARANTEE BATTERY COMPANY 

639 Van New Ave. BRAND i CUSHMAN Phone Pro.pect 741 



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Formerly with 
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AUTOMOBILE REPAIRING 



'til POI.K STREET. Cor. Ccry 
Sao Franciaeo 



PHONE FRANK UN 7.110 



July 26, 1919 



and California Advertiser 



21 



INSURANCE 



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As a result of Secretary Mitter's pilgrimmage throughout the 
Pacific Northwest unusual activity is noticeable among the 
agents, particularly in Washington and Oregon. Following the 
example of the agents of Aberdeen, those of Yakima, to the 
number of twenty odd have formed themselves into an agency 
organization that will affiliate with the National body at an 
early date. The prime object of this movement, aside from 
the general benefits which are expected to accrue from united 
effort, is the determination, as in Aberdeen, to stop the practice 
of overhead underwriting by brokers resident in the larger 
cities of the state. This practice has assumed such propor- 
tions as to leave in some sections very little worth picking up 
by the resident agents. Thus far individual expostulations 
have brought no relief from the companies and it is now the 
intention to try what impression a combined protest will make. 
It is claimed that the broker menace is assuming giant propor- 
tions and threatening to engulf the business of the local agent 
everywhere. The situation in Alaska is pointed to as supply- 
ing evidence of the seriousness of the situation. In that terri- 
tory so firm a hold had the brokers on the underwriting situ- 
ation that the resident agents law put through by the local 
agents at the last session of the Alaska Legislature was made 
a dead letter by threats of the companies to withdraw unless 
its provisions should be nullified. As fully eighty per cent and 
perhaps more of the Alaska business is at present written by 
brokers in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco the companies 
could afford to do this. 

* * * 

George E, Ide, president of the Home Life, died at his home 
in New York July 10th, aged 59 years. Born in Brooklyn, his 
energies expanded to the Greater New York whose business 
and social life he beneficially illumined. The foundations of 
his intellectual life were laid in the Polytechnic Institute in 
Brooklyn and Yale Universities. His training for maturing 
years began in the fraternity of banking with the firm of 
Dominick & Dickerson. This experience led to his being called 
to the secretaryship of the Home Life Insurance Company, 
whose presidency he reached through the further experience 
of its vice presidency. His membership in the executive com- 
mittee of the Association of Insurance Presidents, starting with 
its formation, was justified in his contributions to its functions. 
Ability and extended experienced were recognized by his ap- 
pointment, through the Federal government, to the chairman- 
ship of the Advisory Committee of Insurance Men on Soldiers' 
and Sailors' Insurance, growing out of the exigencies of the 
world war. A gentleman by extraction and habit, a citizen re- 
flecting his life principles in daily conduct, keen in his sense of 
responsibility to society and government, his life became a 
composite picture, which will, beyond the memory of his con- 
temporaries, furnish healthful inspiration. 

* * * 

Mr. W. W. Alverson announces that he has resigned the Pa- 
cific Coast department management of the Merchants Fire As- 
surance Corporation of New York and that the future policy of 
his office will be confined to the representation and promotion 
of the interests of those companies controlled by Crum & 
Foster, and the New Brunswick Fire Insurance Company of 
which J. L. Foster is a director, which can be better accom- 
plished by more concentrated effort being devoted to the in- 
terests of these companies in the Pacific Coast field. The Al- 
verson office is regarded as a live agency, thoroughly equipped 
to give the best of agency service. 

* * * 

The Central Fire Office of California is now established for 
the care of the Millers National and American Equitable in 
California on the second floor of the Maryland Building. Pine 
and Leidesdorff. with Vice President J. S. Johnson at the 
manager's desk. For the present Vice President Richards and 
Secretary Dinsmore will look after the agency end of the busi- 
ness, the former in Southern California where he has a large 
acquaintance among the agents and the latter in the northern 
half of the state. During this year operations will be confined 
to California. Next year it is the intention of the management 
to open up Oregon and Washington. 



A. C. Barber, chief deputy, will on August 1st succeed 
Harvey Wells, resigned, as Insurance Commissioner for Ore- 
gon. 

* * * 

Vanderlynn Stow, vice president of the Home Fire & Marine 

and a director of the Fireman's Fund, is dead. 

* * * 

Geo. L. Mclntyre will succeed W. W. Alverson as general 
agent for the Merchants of New York. 

* * * 

The Idaho Insurance Company, with $200,000 capital, is be- 
ing organized at Pocatello, Idaho. 

* * * 

F. C. Staniford of the Pacific Coast department of the Nor- 
wich Union, is recovering from a serious operation. 

if! * # 

Fred H. Classen has succeeded M. A. Martin as chief inves- 
tigator of the Fire Prevention Bureau, at San Francisco. 



Society Woman : "I see by today's papers I am referred 

to as one of 'fashion's butterflies.'" Her Husband: "Con- 
sidering the way you go through clothes I should think moths 
would apply better." — London Blighty. 



-Eppler's Bakery and Lunch, High Class Cooking, ! 



Geary Street. 



The New 
Poodle Dog 

Hotel and Restaurant 

At Corner 

Polk and Post 

STREETS 

San Francisco 

Phone: 

Franklin 2960 




A REAL BOHEMIAN HOME 
ggfr One Dollar Dinner S.".,., 

In San Francisco 



AT THE FAMOUS 



BOLOGNA RESTAURANT 

240 Columbus Ave. BlgJn, Proprietor San Francisco 

You Will Find this Place Like Home Dancing Every Night 61. 

PHONE SUTTER 8825 



Gus Beltrami 



G. Peverlnl 



A. Bruschera 



Gus* Fashion Restaurant 

Fish and Game a Specialty 

Meals Served a La Carte, Also Regular French Dinner 

OPEN EVERY DAY FROM 8 A. M. to 9 P. M. 

65 Post Street, Near Market Street 

Phone Kearny 4536 San Francisco. Cal. 



BLANCO'S 



OTARRELL \M"> I.WikIN 
PHONE FRANKLIN 9 



No visitor should leave the city without dining in the 
Finest Cafe in America. 

Dinner, daily and Sundays, including wine, $1.50 
Lunch 65 



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San Francisco News Letter 



July 26, 1919 




If you want a thing well done don't do it yourself unless 

you know how. — Boston Transcript. 



"I like hot weather, don't you?" 

blamed hot to work." — Boston Transcript. 



"When it gets too 



The ex-Kaiser's life has become a burden to him. But 

his greatest trial is yet to come. — London Opinion. 

The result of the experimental peace flare tried on the 

Embankment was that the fire-brigade turned out. No grave 
danger — as it turned out. — Saturday Journal (London). 

A London scientist attributes all human savagery to the 

iniquitous habit of eating meat. At the present price of meat, 
savagery probably is on a sharp decline. — Grand Rapids News. 

Fortune Teller (reading cards) : "You have money com- 
ing to you, but no sickness whatever." Client: "That's singu- 
lar. I'm the new doctor across the street." — Boston Transcript. 

Edith — "Jack told me I was so interesting and so beau- 
tiful." Marie — "And yet you will trust yourself for life with 
a man who begins deceiving you even during his courtship." — 
London Opinion. 

Golfer: "Aren't you aware that it is very dangerous to 

allow a child to run about the links alone?" Maid: " 'S all 
right, sir — the poor little feller's stone deaf." — A. E. Bestall in 
"London Blighty." 

"There are two sides to every question," remarked the 

ready-made philosopher. "There's two sides to a hickory 
nut," rejoined Farmer Corntossel; "an outside and an inside, 
but only one of 'em is worth payin" any attention to." — Wash- 
ington Star. 

"What do you think about my engagement to Harold?" 

asked Gwendolyn. "I think," replied her father, "that I am 
getting to be the senatorial branch of this family. My advice 
and counsel are considered only when it's too late for them to 
make any difference. — Washington Star. 

Scientific Parent (on a stroll) : "You see out there in the 
street, my son. a simple illustration of a principle in mechanics. 
The man with that cart pushes it in front of him. Can you guess 
the reason why? Probably not. I will ask him. Note his an- 
swer, my son." (To the Coster) : "My good man, why do you 
push that cart instead of pulling it?" Coster: " 'Cause I ain't 
a hoss. you old thickhead." — London Blighty. 

General Pershing was astonished to receive last month 

from a New York vaudeville manager a five-figure offer to de- 
liver short daily war-talks in the vaudeville houses throughout 
America. The General did not reply to this telegram, but a 
fortnight went by. Then the vaudeville man wired again : 
"Have you entertained my proposition?" "No," General 
Pershing wired back. "Your proposition has entertained me." — 
New York Globe. 

Church Usher (confidentially) : "That woman I just 

seated is Mrs. Stuckup. She had me sent around to the back 
door when I called one day on a business errand. Made me 
transact the business through a servant, too. But I've got even 
with her." Friend: "You have given her one of the best pews 
in the church." Usher: "Wait half an hour. She's right where 
a stained-glass window will throw a red light on her nose. — 
London Ideas. 

An English clergyman was astonished one day, while 

officiating for a friend in a remote moorland church, to see the 
old verger abstract a half-crown from the collection plate be- 
fore presenting it at the altar rails. After the service he told 
the old man that his crime had been discovered. The veisier 
looked puzzled. Then a sudden light dawned on him: "Why, 
sir, you don't mean that ould half-crown of mine? Why, I've 
led off with he this last fifteen year." — Public Opinion. 



AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND 



BANK OF 
NEW SOUTH WALES 



(ESTABLISHED IS/7) 



Paid-up Capital 

Reserve Fund 

Reserve Liability o( 
Proprietor! 

Aggregate Assets 

30th Sept. 1918 




$19,524,300.00 

- 15,125,000.00 

- 19,524,300.00 
$54,173,600.00 

$310,575,676.00 



SIR JOHN RUSSELL FRENCH, K. B. E., General Manager 

336 BRANCHES and AGENCIES in the Australian States, New Zealand, 
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SAVINGS (THE SAN FRANCISCO BANK) COMMERCIAL 

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JUNE 30, 1919 

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Employees' Pension Fund 306,852.44 

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A. H. MULLER. Secretary 
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Only "234,978 Yanks remain in Europe." declares 

the Associated Press. Why should there be even 2. 

Prosecution for unlawful domestic manufacture of in- 
toxicants threatens to displace divorce court history as the 
headliners of the daily newspaper reports. 

— No use in the newspapers trying to excite us by reports 
of deadly race riots in Chicago. The most sensational thing 
that could be reported of Chicago would be that it was quiet 
and orderly. 

Hoboes are worrying San Mateo ranchers by getting 

soused on the drippings of cow feed in silos which have a kick. 
Wait till the Weary Willies begin to break into garages for 
gasoline highballs. 

Bernard Shaw is debating with his literary brethern of 

London, what is the crying need of Russia ? A barber shop in 
St. Petersburg we should say, judging by the pictures of hairy 
Russian statesmen. 

Not that we wish to make any invidious comparisons, or 

throw any monkey wrenches in the machinery, but the theatre- 
goers of San Francisco miss the facile swing of Walter An- 
thony's theatrical criticisms. 

— — The consumer pays in the long run. Rents in San 
Francisco are rising as the landlords find they can squeeze the 
tenant on account of the scarcity of houses. The tenants will 
pay the increased taxes until more houses are built. 

County Clerk Harry Mulcrevy has been pronounced 

"100 per cent efficient in the public service" by the Grand Jury. 
Harry should reciprocate by making affidavit that the Grand 
Jury is at least one-half of one per cent efficient. 

When the Irish Republic begins to name ambassadors 

and plenipotentiaries to Guam. Goat Island and Farralones it 
should not overlook our San Francisco supervisors who are 
likely to be out of a job after the November election. 

Reconstruct the Regular Army at once, says Secretary 

Baker. Build up our Navy, cries Secretary Daniels. Invade 
Mexico, shouts Congressman Hudspeth of Texas to his col- 
leagues. How calmly the Bird of Peace rests on the Capitol 
flagpole. 

One of the daily newspaper art critics is worrying about 

the picture of "The Virgin and Child," now on view in the 
Palace of Fine Arts at North Beach. Is it an original by Muri'.lo 
or does the original by the famous Spaniard hang in the cele- 
brated Parro Gallery at Madrid? Of course the local exhibit 
is the real thing. Everybody knows that Europe sends our dis- 
criminating American millionaire all the originals by great 
masters and keeps the fake copies at home. 



The Canadian Parliamentary Committee is shouting 

"murder" because it has discovered instances of profiteering as 
high as 300 per cent. What miserable pikers those Kanuck 
profiteers are compared with some of the San Francisco talent. 
The fish-stall pirates, for instance. 

Count Ishii is now quoted as saying that the American 

people desire to develop China in cooperation with Japan. 
Everybody but the American people themselves seem to know 
what we want. Wouldn't it be a bright idea to let the Ameri- 
can citizens speak out for themselves? 

The newspapers say that professors at Harvard and 

Yale are complaining that they are not as well paid as hod- 
carriers. Why go back East to find proof of the superior value 
of muscle. General clerks in the City Hall of San Francisco 
get $3.30 a day. Street sweepers get $5. 

The next President of the United States will be a wo- 
man, declare* Mrs. Robert J. Burdette, First President of the 
California Federation of Womens' clubs. Fine! How about 
the other great national question — will skirts be as narrow as 
ever next year and an inch longer or shorter? 

Samuel Hill, nephew of the late Jim Hill, the railroad 

builder, has come back from Europe with the news that Ameri- 
cans are very unpopular over there. They will be more so 
when they stop spending any of their money on the other side 
of the pond and apply it to seeing their own country. 

One of the Himalayan rabbits in Golden Gate Park 

jumped into the grizzly bear's den and bit a chunk out of 
bruin's leg, according to that veracious historian of Park sen- 
sations Ed Morphy of the Chronicle. There's a fortune in the 
brand of near beer Edward has found or is brewing. 

That gent who wrote to the Chronicle suggesting that the 

hard-up street railroads can increase their receipts by collect- 
ing fares from the well-paid policemen and firemen did not sign 
his name you can bet. "Taxpayer." he called himself. We hate 
to think what the official objects of his hatred call him. 

The Government tax cut down the receipts of the Jess 

Willard-Jack Dempsey fistic frame-up frightfully. Willard's 
pre-agreed $100,000 was reduced to $68,590 and the other 
roustabout's bit was only $23,970. How can prize ring loafers 
exist on such starvation wages for twenty minutes exercise? 

Wm. D. Haywood, official head of the I. W. W.. under 

twenty years' sentence has been liberated on bail with two of 
his compatriots, who also were awarded a score of years in 
prison. Whether the Government will apologize to William for 
the inconvenience caused to him and his conferes by holding 
them in jail for a few months is not stated. 

Los Angeles is vociferously demanding recognition for 

its harbor which is the equal of San Francisco's, it asserts. Yes. 
if you measure from the surface of the pond to the clouds. But 
superficially there is some slight difference, though the natural 
shore line of our southern sister's seaport at San Pedro is all 
of seventy-five feet. The rest is camouflage. 

The curious thing about the race riots in Washington. 

New York, Chicago and other cities is that the colored people 
have been on the edge of revolt for several years and no white 
men's newspaper in America said a word about it. The 
colored papers have been full of it. The South will have its 
work cut out to eliminate the colored vote next year. 



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August 2, 1919 



EDITORIAL COMMENT 



A sad man is City and County Treas- 

The Empty Treasury, urer John E. McDougald these days. 

He fears for the fast approaching 

hour when he cannot pay the municipal bills. He is of the old 

school of business men who. love to proceed on a cash basis. 

In the seventeen years and over that Treasurer McDougald 
has faithfully discharged the important duties of Treasurer, 
he has never had to plead poverty to any creditor of the city 
presenting a valid and properly authorized claim at his counter. 
Sometimes he was hard pressed for ready coin, in one fund or 
another. But he could always juggle around the city's cash so 
as to keep a good face to creditors, and not have it bruited 
abroad that the municipality was a bad pay. 

That financial adroitness is not possible now for the flood 
of bond money no longer replenishes the till of the City Treas- 
ury. Municipal bonds are a drug on the market. Investors 
turn up their noses at them and sniff the air disdainfully. Who 
would buy even such a fine security as Hetch Hetchy 4*4 pe f 
cent bonds when Uncle Sam's higher interest bonds are on the 
market. 

In long months there has not been an inquiry at Treasurer 
McDougald's department for Hetch Hetchy bonds. There are 
about forty millions of them. But the only way that seems 
possible to market them is to give them to contractors instead 
of cash. That might satisfy the contractors, but would not pro- 
vide money for the increasing expenses of the municipality, the 
higher pay-roll of the police department, the school depart- 
ment and all the others that have been clamoring for increased 
salaries to meet the cost of existence. The police department, 
last year, was allowed $1,557,396. This year's budget allows 
nearly $300,000 additional and we have lost the saloon licenses 
which were the basis of support for the police force. 

The school department, last year, was given $2,588,984. This 
year the budget allowance is $3,114,531, an increase of over 
half a million dollars to admit of higher pay, which the teach- 
ers declare is imperative. 

Where is the money to come from if municipal bonds can- 
not be sold and the tax rate of over three dollars is not suf- 
ficent. Treasurer McDougald will soon be forced to raffle off 
the $2,100,000 of Liberty Bonds which the city bought to prove 
its loyalty. 

The tax rate used to be only a little over one dollar on the 
hundred, before we began to scatter our money like a reck- 
less young spendthrift. 

Let us in all fairness admit that the Rolph administration 
did not start the mad dance. The hysteria of extravagance had 
gripped the United States, ten years before Mayor Rolph cut a 
figure in politics. 

San Francisco was in the throes of the bond mania in 1899. 
Between that and the year 1916 we held twenty bond elections 
and authorized a municipal indebtedness of nearly $105,000,000. 
The average vote cast at those important elections was only 
40 per cent of the registered vote of the city. 

We voted bonds for a County Jail, Hall of Justice. Public 
Library, Fire Protection, Garbage System. Hospital, Municipal 
Railroad and City Hall, besides large sums for streets, sewers, 
parks and $45,000,000 for a water supply. 

Of all that great amount the only remnant worth mention- 
ing is the unsold portion of the Water Supply, or Hetch Hetchy 
bonds. They remain in part, only because they have been un- 
salable. 

It was hoped last year by the Board of Supervisors, that 
$15,000,000 of the Water Supply bonds could be sold to a syn- 
dicate, but only a million and a half were taken. That money 
vanished quickly, for the Hetch Hetchy is a large project 
which employs about 700 men at present and requires a pay- 
roll of $200,000 a month. 

The bottom of the municipal till has been visible for a year. 
and the City and County Treasurer has been calling in money 
lent out to the banks. At one time, when the golden stream 
from bond sales was large there was $6,000,000 of city funds 



lent out to eighty banks. Latterly not more than thirty banks 
have held city funds and the gross amount of the loans has not 
been much over $2,000,000. 

Last week Treasurer McDougald notified the bankers that 
the city money which they held on call, and which aggregated 
$2,211,500 would have to be paid back to him on August 4th. 
Lack of tax revenue during the four months and rapid reduc- 
tion of bond funds compelled him to call in the city's bank 
loans, he said in his official letter to the bankers. 

In four months the Treasurer will begin to receive from Tax 
Collector Bryant the first installment of this year's taxes, but 
that will afford only temporary relief. The municipal ma- 
chine absorbs millions as easily as a sponge does drops of 
water. Unless replenished by a continuous flow of bond money 
the city treasury cannot meet the drains upon it. 

The 40 per cent of voters who have been carrying bond elec- 
tions in San Francisco for twenty years have created a political 
monster which threatens to devour the city unless proper pre- 
ventive steps be taken. The simple and effective remedy 
would be to exclude from bond elections all voters who pay no 
taxes into the city treasury. 

Running a municipality should be as much a matter of sound 
business as running a department store where real stockhold- 
ers have the say and vagrant interlopers are debarred. 



Was it not rather radical and revo- 
A Radical Innovation, lutionary of Director John H. Rosse- 
ter of the United States Shipping 
Board to tell the merchants of San Francisco that they shou'.d 
rely on themselves and not on the Government, if they expect 
our fine harbor to be developed into a great seaport? 

He was speaking officially too. and addressing a representa- 
tive conference in the Chamber of Commerce. 

If we follow Director Rosseter's advice what is to become 
of the abiding faith of San Francisco in the efficacy of prayer 
to some combination of politicians at the City Hill, Sacramento 
or Washington? 

This is the golden age of political flapdoodle. More than ever 
in the history of the Anglo-Saxon race we rely for uplift and 
advancement on the potency of hot air, solidified into "resolu- 
tions," to be forwarded post-haste to the seats of the mighty. 
We have established the principle that great things can be done 
by talking about them in mellifluous phrases, and then pass- 
ing the subject up to "the Government." That plan has be- 
come almost a religion with many of us. 

Not lightly is it to be abandoned and flung into the discard, 
even at the suggestion of such a loyal and distinguished Na- 
tive Son as Director Rosseter. a man of action as well as ideas. 

It must be admitted, however, that San Francisco's magnifi- 
cent natural harbor has not realized the predictions of its rapid 
commercial supremacy. That sagacious old pirate Sir Francis 
Drake no doubt saw its possibilites as a seaport when 
he sailed hither to rob Spanish galleons in 1579. The pioneers 
of 1849. seeing the forest of masts along the water front, said 
that some day New York would have a great Western rival. 

Thus far the shippers of Gotham have not had to look to 
their laurels. San Francisco shipping combinations come and 
go but our splendid harbor remains more notable as a po- 
litical asset, than a rendezvous of the American merchant ma- 
rine, homeward bound from all the seven seas. 

The American flag floating proudly from the mastheads of 
trim built merchantmen, was a more familiar sight on the wa- 
ter front of San Francisco in 1849. than it is today. The mas- 
tery of the great Pacific has been passing into the hands of 
Asiatic shippers. 

Japanese foreign trade, last year, aggregated over $500,- 
000.000, of which 50 per cent was with America and only 5 
per cent was carried in American ships. 

What change in these figures will be made in the next five 
years, or ten? A change for the worse if we allow ourselevs to 
drift along in the same old style while Congress tinkers the 



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shipping laws in the interest of demagogues, and the harbor of 
San Francisco is left a haven for political barnacles. 

The time for action has arrived. Our merchants would do 
well to be guided by the suggestion of Director Rosseter to 
adopt a self reliant policy as the surest method of putting our 
incomparable harbor on the commercial map of the Pacific. 



The coming of the formidable 
Pacific Fleet's Significance. American fleet of the Pacific 

is epochal. This unprotected 
coast has had need of naval protection for a long time but 
Uncle Sam ignored our requests for recognition. We were 
treated as if California had no connection with the North 
American continent and should be ignored in any scheme of 
national defense. 

All at once the policy is changed and there comes a naval 
force which not many years ago, would have been thought 
sufficient to protect the entire American sea-coast. 

The creation of this formidable fleet will be accepted by 
foreign nations as notice that our Republic does not propose to 
let the control of the Pacific pass out of American hands by 
default. We are making rather a belated start, but that is 
characteristic of democratic governments. They are slow to 
move. We went into the great war tardily, but amply atoned 
for our delay. 

Though the Pacific fleet has been so long in contemplation, 
its rapid development may astonish the world. It is not in- 
conceivable that the array of first-class warships on this Coast 
may dwarf the Atlantic fleet. 

The eyes of the world are now directed to the Pacific as the 
probable scene of the next great historical events. Capital 
sees opportunities here that do not exist in outworn Europe 
with its weary millions, discouraged by war and burdened by 
debt. 

The advent of the Pacific fleet changes, completely, the com- 
mercial and political status of our great but hitherto national- 
ly neglected State. California is at last coming into her own. 



The election cards of Supervisor 

The Battle Begins. Schmitz have made their appearance. 

His friends have begun to pass them 

around and whisper "Eugene's hat is in the ring for Mayor." 

The politicians are asking "can be beat Rolph?" 

The majority of them would not bet long odds on it. Under 
the new system of elections, the candidate controlling a ma- 
chine usually has the battle half won at the outset. No one 
will dispute that Mayor Rolph's machine is powerful. His per- 
sonal following is apparently immense. 

That Supervisor Schmitz should deliberately measure 
strength with the Mayor, this year, shows that his courage is 
equal to his political adroitness. How will prohibition affect 
his chances ? Most unfavorably, declare the Rolph people. 

With the saloons in full swing, and the labor vote more dis- 
posed to be friendly than hostile to him. Schmitz. who is a 
very effective campaigner, might have waged a lively canvass, 
they say. The sentiment of the masses might crystalize in his 
favor. He is supposed to have financial backing amongst those 
business men who dislike Rolph. Unquestionably Schmitz 
would be a factor in the election for Mayor had the city not 
become dry. The way in which he polished off Supervisor Andy 
Gallagher at a former election, snowed that no ordinary trial 
horse can outfoot him. It was the surprise of Andy's life that 
he was almost distanced in the race and left amongst the also 
rans. 

Had Schmitz not previously defeated, handily, candidates of 
good status and likely prospects, his effective disposal of Gal- 
lagher would have not been so significant. It showed conclu- 
sively to the politicians that Schmitz has a following which he 
can rely upon for blocks of votes that no other aspirant for the 
mayoralty except Rolph can match. 

The appearance of his election cards this week has been 
somewhat of a surprise to the Rolph managers, who professed 
confidence that Schmitz would not run for mayor. "He ought 
to be delighted that he is a Supervisor," they said. If he ran 
for Mayor the silent vote of the women and the "long hairs" 
would snow him under, they added. 

Nevertheless Schmitz has thrown his hat into the ring with- 
out any signs of timidity. It is given out by those friendly to 



him, that he thinks the existing conditions are more favorable 
than otherwise. They point out that the municipality is practic- 
ally penniless. The taxes are soaring. The people are paying 
higher rents, and the worst is yet to come for them. 

Strangest of all, the Schmitz war council professes to be- 
lieve that prohibition insures victory for their champion. 

If the town were wet, they say, the police would swing the 
solid saloon vote to the administration machine. The saloon 
men would be told that Schmitz could give them no freedom 
that they did not already have. 

But the saloon-keeper without a saloon is not amenable to 
administration pressure. Thrown on the tender mercies of an 
unsympathetic world, he is sore of heart and revolutionary in 
sentiment. His ballot is likely to be cast where it will do the 
most to disturb the existing order of things. 

The man who has no certainty of his next meal, and fears 
for his family, is not relieved by the thoughts that thousands 
of sleek Civil Service office-holders are not in his deplorable 
condition. He is not worrying how he can help to retain them 
in comfort. 

The vote for Schmitz will be an interesting revelation of 
the cross currents of political thought in San Francisco. 

Seldom have two political rivals been farther apart in their 
view-points of an approaching contest, or more serious. To 
Schmitz, victory means the reopening of a new life in his home 
town: to Rolph the possible unfolding of new ambitions in the 
United States Senate. 



It has been announced by Jesse W. 
Attract The Tourists. Lilienthal Jr., one of the executors 
of the estate of the late Ignatz 
Steinhart, that construction of the aquarium in Golden Gate 
Park will be soon begun. The aquarium will be a great at- 
traction and help to make our incomparable park more cele- 
brated. 

The late Mr. Steinhart. to whom we are indebted for the 
aquarium, was a banker who had travelled extensively and 
knew the value of a live fish collection as a public curiosity. 
His original idea was that the aquarium could be built for 
$40,000 but he finally provided in his will for an expenditure 
of $250,000. Even that large sum will not be too much. What- 
ever it may cost the work should be done well and no doubt the 
Park Commissioners will see that the attraction is maintained 
in proper condition. 

The management of Golden Gate Park by an unsalaried com- 
mission of prominent citizens has been above reproach. It has 
shown clearly that the best men are not attracted to public 
offices by the financial rewards. On the contrary the higher 
the salaries the greater the rivalry of unfit politicians. 

With the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, the Academy 
of Sciences exhibit and the aquarium. Golden Gate Park will 
be more than ever a joy to the multitude of tourists that we can 
expect to visit Northern California henceforth. 

The South has reaped a golden harvest for many years from 
the annual visits of sightseers. San Francisco has not shared 
in this profitable business. We have been slow to appreciate 
its importance. The full tide of westward travel stopped at 
Los Angeles. 

Things have changed. American tourists are seeing their 
own country. Europe is difficult to reach and may never again 
have the old fascination for Americans. California has all the 
climates of Southern France and Italy, and mountain scenery 
not inferior to Switzerland. Where is there to be found an- 
other Yosemite? 

In Europe shrewd business men have capitalized all the 
natural attractions. We in San Francisco have barely started. 
We have an abundance of fine hotels, but of other things that 
enter into the calculations of a well-to-do sightseer we have not 
enough. Our good roads are a joy to the motorist but one must 
rest occasionally. 

Every visitor to San Francisco will visit our magnificent 
rark and see the aquarium and the other sights of interest, in 
which list should be speedily included a better-arranged and 
upkept menagerie and aviary. Our captive animal and bird 
exhibit is now out of keeping with the beautiful surroundings. 
It costs money to create zoological gardens, but tourists find 
them in other cities. They could be established here on a 
proper scale or should be dispensed with altogether. 



San Francisco News Letter 



August 2, 1919 



SOCIETY 



IliHI 



The "Low Down' or Pershing's Romance. 

If there is a state in the Union or a part of France in which 
there is not to be found some fair damsel who is reputed to have 
captured the heart and hand of General Pershing then it is some 
dark corner where insistent Rumor cannot penetrate. Period- 
ically comes some one all red-rubber stamped over with au- 
thoritative air, and gives the "low down" on the real romance 
of the Commander in Chief of the American Expeditionary 
Forces. Girls from Picardy and girls from Petaluma, girls 
from Paris and girls from Peoria, girls from London and girls 
from Los Angeles are at various times by various sponsors 
flaunted as the heroines of the Romance. Willy-nilly, at least 
fifty young women have been exploited as the prospective 
bride, and doubtless most of them have never even met the 
General or if they have he is not aware of their existence. 

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Is Ann Patton the Fiancee? 

But down in Los Angeles there is a bolt upright Rumor that 
will not take the kneeling position of the apologetic canard. 
Likewise in the highest military circles this same Rumor has 
some standing. It is to the effect that Miss Ann Patton, who 
has been a friend of the Pershing family for years, is engaged 
to General Pershing and that the announcement will be made 
upon his return to America. This same Rumor persisted when 
Pershing was down on the Border but this time it has more 
vitality and refuses to give second place to all the other Rumors 
that float from the seven seas around. 

Miss Patton belongs to a well known Los Angeles family and 
is well known in San Francisco. She has wealth and social 
position and is not too many years the junior of General 
Pershing to satisfy those who insist upon some sort of equal- 
ity in the matter of age in cardiac affairs. 

Whether there is really any more reason to place faith in 
this Rumor than in the countless others, I do not know, but I 
do know — there are a host of people in military social circles 
who do place faith in it. 

© © © 

Mrs. Liggett "First Lady" Western Division. 

The appointment of General Liggett to the Commander of 
the Western Division will bring back to San Francisco one of 
the most popular couples that smart civilian life here has ever 
welcomed. Mrs. Liggett was very loth to leave San Fran- 
cisco and preferred this post for her husband to any of those 
on his potential map. However, when her friends bade her 
good-bye just the other month and she went East to join the 
Colonel returning from France, it was not supposed that their 
orders would so soon bring them back here. With Liggett in 
supreme command of the Western Division, it may be pre- 
dicted that there will be more social functions in army life 
than in many a day, for Mrs. Liggett loves the social game, 
knows how to play it, and will wring the last drop of enjoyment 
out of all that goes with being the "First Lady" of the Western 
Division. 

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Mrs. Thomas Coming to San Francisco. 

Mrs. Leonard Thomas (Blanche Oelrichs) is settled for the 
rest of the summer in Santa Barbara and his promised to visit 
in San Francisco before she returns East. Unlike her sister, 
Mrs. Lily Oelrichs Martin (or is she now a German Duchess?) 
Mrs. Thomas is interested in the arts and literature and under 
the pen name of Michael Strange has written a little book of 
verse that shows a thin line of poetical gift, and thin though 
it may run, that is more than can be said of most verse, pen- 
dripped by those who can afford private de luxe editions, hand 
tooled and turned to the last degree of exquisite book bindery 
finish. 



Many San Franciscans in Santa Barbara. 

There is a big colony of San Franciscans in Santa Barbara 
and as Mrs. Thomas, through her sister's western affiliations, 
has met most of them she is very chummy with that set in the 
hours that she allows herself for social diversions. Mrs. Ru- 
dolph Spreckels and her two young daughters, Mrs. Talbot 
Walker and Mrs. Thomas made an interesting luncheon group 
at the country club the other day. The young New York 
matron wears her hair bobbed in the regulation Greenwich Vil- 
lage style which none of the San Franciscans have adopted, 
although most of the younger set simulate the bobbed effect 
by the adroit use of hairpins and much puffing out over ears 
and tucking under at the nape of the neck. But it takes the 
barber's shears and the complete courage and subjection of 
the victim to accomplish a result like Mrs. Thomas has 
achieved. In her riding costume or hiking breeches she looks 
like a lovely young boy, and many are those who envy 
her bobbed hair but few there are in Santa Barbara with the 
courage that must be borne of that envy in order to accom- 
plish the result. 

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Divorce Hovers Over Blingum. 

The social column happily has more marriages than divorces 
to record which may be an indictment of the provincial at- 
titude of this belt of the woods. But just now there is so 
much chatter in the Blingum set anent the domestic affairs of 
a young couple that even one who is not the seventh daugh- 
ter of a seventh daughter can prophecy that their affairs are 
headed so straight for the divorce courts that it is over-nice to 
refrain from mentioning that they are about to go their separate 
ways. 

The young matron, her baby and nurse, divide their time be- 
tween the apartment that they keep in town and her mother's 
country home and the young husband is never within a stone's 
throw of their vicinity. Since his return from the service 
there has been no effort to close the breech that was evident 
before and now it has widened until it is apparent to a scribe 
riding by on horseback, not to mention close friends. 
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Engagement Chores. 

Having just concerned ourselves with a divorce rumor it is 
altogether fitting that we hunt around for a nice, rosy engage- 
ment prediction. They are never hard to find in the summer 
time, nor for the matter of that, are they very difficult as a 
year-round chore. To be sure it is often difficult to make both 
ends of an engagement rumor meet at the altar, but if that is 
not demanded then it is a simple enough business to produce 
the rumor. 

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Is Mrs. Hager Engaged? 

Hearken to this one. It revolves in the vicinity of Mrs. Ethyl 
Hager, and it makes a noise like the real thing. According to 

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some of her friends it is a settled fact. There was a time when 
Ethyl Hager was counted upon to produce at least one sensa- 
tion a season. Sometimes it was by adding an extra syllable to 
the bizarre at a Mardi Gras ball, or again by subtracting a 
few inches from her bathing suit at Del Monte. 

There was never any "sameness" about this young woman 
in the days of her bellehood. Even her figure was never the 
same two months in succession. Fashioned by Nature too curvi- 
linear for the fashionable silhouette she would suddenly em- 
bark upon one of the many excursions that lead to the bone- 
yard and emerge with just the correct avoirdupois. 

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Marriage to Kellogg a Failure. 

Her engagement to Lansing Kellogg was one of long stand- 
ing and when it culminated in marriage a happy future was 
taken for granted by everyone. But long before the divorce 
courts rendered them asunder her intimates knew that they 
were sailing in strange and silent waters. She resumed her 
maiden name after the divorce and Kellogg went to live at the 
Pacific Union Club, his death following not long after. 

For several seasons now Mrs. Hager has shown equal in- 
terest in her retinue of admirers. But of late there has been 
a mark of favoritism for one suitor which may indicate that 
she is considering a second venture. 
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Fleet Officers to Be Entertained at Del Monte. 

The announcement of Mayor P. J. Daugherty of Monterey 
that the new Pacific fleet will arrive in Monterey Harbor August 
14th and remain all day and night has aroused the interest of 
society. Arrangements are now being made for a round of en- 
tertainment for the officers of the fleet, a number of whom are 
known to the many Del Monte visitors. One of the features 
will likely be an informal dinner dance. Society leaders from 
San Francisco and other Coast points are expected here to be 
on hand to greet the fleet officers. 

A ceremony suggested which will come in for much attention 
will be the raising of the Stars and Stripes over the old Custom 
House in Del Monte which has flown the flags of three nations. 
Spain, Mexico and United States. It was in 1846 that Com- 
modore Sloat raised the American flag over the historical build- 
ing there. 

Over the week-end, society was out in full force at the po'.o 
game. George Pope Jr. who came down from San Francisco 
with Gordon Hitchcock and Alan Drum got into the compe- 
tition to sport the colors of the victorious Del Monte Club. 
Robert G. Hooker Jr. of San Mateo, who is spending his va- 
cation at Del Monte with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. 
Hooker, was another new player in the line-up of the San Ma- 
teo team. 

Colonel and Mrs. Edwin Francis Holmes of Pasadena have 
been prominent in the out-of-door activities and the social 
events at Del Monte during the past week. They plan an ex- 
tensive trip which will last for several months. They wiil go 
to San Francisco, then to their old home in Salt Lake and on to 
Chicago and to Tennessee. Later on a few weeks will be spent 
in New York and at Newport with a trip to Florida and then 
home by the southern route. 

Miss Josephine Grant of San Francisco has been prominent 
in the doings of the younger set from San Mateo. Miss Grant 
is an enthusiastic tennis player. 

Mrs. E. H. Cox of San Francisco in company with her son, 
Elmer M. Cox Jr. and C. F. Cobbledick is visiting here. 

C. A. Black of Santa Barbara and F. W. Wilson are among 
the Del Monte visitors. 

Charles Butters of Oakland who is an enthusiastic devotee 
of polo, with Mrs. Butters. Mrs. Al'.ender and Arthur Gowen 
are at Del Monte. Mr. Butters has been out of polo some time 
due to an accident he suffered but it is possible he will return to 
the saddle. 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter T. Peacock and Miss Mary Frances 
Peacock of Piedmont and Miss Harriet E. Grout of New York 
were at the Hotel Del Monte over the week-end. 

Mr. and Mrs. Warren D. Porter of Oakland are sojourning at 
the Hotel Del Monte. 

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The Fairmont Follies. 

Rainbow Lane at the Fairmont Hotel lost nothing in its bril- 
liancy by reason of the prolonged dry spell, on which the na- 



tion has entered. The Fairmont Follies would disperse the 
gloom if there had been any. 

These new Fairmont Follies began with a gorgeous opening 
ensemble, in which the entire cast participates. This display 
is followed by group numbers, sung and danced by the prin- 
cipal artists. A specially costumed chorus assists each num- 
ber which is made the more attractive by appropriate stage ef- 
fects and lightings. 

There is an uttter absence of the conventional routine of 
"Specialties." 

The cast includes Pearl Loweree, as a delectable blonde jazz- 
girl, who sings a wonderful "shimmie" song and is assisted 
by the unequalled cornetist, Henry Busse, the orchestra leader. 
Another fascinating participant is Miss Vanda Hoff, who dis- 
robes most charmingly, dons a midnight wig, paints her twink- 
ling feet carmine and proceeds to do a classic Egyptian dance. 

The Fairmont Follies begin at 8 o'clock and continue until 
12. They demonstrate that spirituous exhilaration is not essen- 
tial to their success and the enjoyment of the audience. 

Rainbow Lane has been reconstructed so that all the tables 
are ranged beside the dance floor. The runway from the dance 
floor to the stage is lined with orchids. 

Rudy Seiger is impresario of the Fairmont Follies, and 
Harvey Dudley, producer. They are presenting the finest cafe 
attractions in the United States. 

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Del Monte Championship Golf. 

Golfers are discussing with keen interest the possibilities of 
the championship meeting on the fine Del Monte course from 
August 30th to September 9th. 

The women's championship this year promises to be the 
most representative on record. It is expected that there will 
be a hundred and fifty men players and at least seventy women 
in the competition. For the amateurs there will be a beautiful 
silver trophy and for the professionals a subscription purse. 
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Palace Hotel Dances. 

The Palace Hotel maintains its reputation for offering high 
class entertainment features. The engagement of Grant and 
Ted Wing, dancers of unquestioned merit has proved a great 
success. They are appearing nightly in the Rose Room. 



Senator Chamberlain of Oregon is hot-footing it after 

the Democratic nomination just as fast as our own Hiram is 
chasing the Republican nomination. The Oregon statesman 
has less chance of heading his party ticket than California's 
favorite son. as there will be no Democratic place to fill. The 
Democratic leaders think that the most available and popular 
man in the nation for the head of their ticket is one Wood- 
row Wilson and he has said nothing to the contrary. Nor will 
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San Francisco News Letter 



August 2, 1919 



The Professor's Double 

By Elizabeth Griswold Rowe 



IT was autumn in the professor's garden. The Virginia 
Creeper, which thickly screened the weather-worn house 
during the summer, had crimsoned over and glowed richly 
in the mellow sunlight of a California November. It was red- 
der on the professor's house than anywhere else along the 
street. Plants always did their best for him — so his neigh- 
bors said. 

"But then." they added, "that is his line of business." For 
Professor Lee was associate in the department of botany. 

His dearest friend — and the professor had many dear friends 
for he was a lovable man — his dearest friend said it was be- 
cause of the man's own nature; that there was an inherent 
something that made all things do their best for him. 

The first winter rain had softened the ground. It was Sat- 
urday, and Professor Lee was preparing the bed for a great 
basket of bulbs which stood at hand, when a man who had 
been watching from the street entered the gate and approached 
him. He raised his hat. showing hair as white as the profes- 
sor's own. He asked for work. 

"What can you do?" was the kind inquiry. 

"I can do gardening," he answered, glancing around. There 
was need. The garden was large and the botany department 
was overworked this semester. 

The professor looked closely at -the newcomer. He prided 
himself on his ability to read character from appearances. The 
man looked honest. In fact, he resembled the professor him- 
self. They were about the same size and wore the same short 
beard, fast changing from grey to white. 

"I suppose you could lay the fires and beat the rugs." 

"Yes, sir." was the humble answer. 

"I shouldn't think Ellen would object," the professor con- 
tinued, more to himself than to the other. "She is always hav- 
ing trouble with the cook about the rugs." 

So Alexander Brown was hired to be gardener and man of 
all work around the Lee home. Miss Ellen, who was her 
brother's housekeeper, did not share his confidence in the gar- 
dener. She was suspicious from the first and declared for the 
ninety-ninth time that the professor would some day be de- 
ceived by appearances and his inordinate and childlike faith in 
his fellow creatures would receive a terrible shock. He laughed 
indulgently. 

"You don't give me any credit for being a judge of char- 
acter. I should as soon consider myself a villain as to suspect 
Alexander of being one. You can see for yourself that we have 
the same general appearance." 

"People will think that he is your brother or some poor rela- 
tive we've taken in," she objected. 

"I'm thinking of using him for a double to attend faculty 
meetings. He could save me time for research work. He 
might accompany you to church in my place, occasionally." 

Miss Ellen sniffed contemptuously. 

"He's ahead of you in one thing, anyway." she retorted. "He 
hasn't shown any symptoms of absent-mindedness yet." 

For this thrust the professor had no answer. He knew that 
it was his weak point. He had depended on his wife, the few 
years she had lived, to see that he went forth in proper at- 
tire to keep his appointments at their allotted times. Since she 
died, his sister, Ellen, had been his faithful monitor. 

Still, he was forever wearing home a strange hat or ill-fit- 
ting overcoat, ill-fitting garments cast off by others, until fin- 
ally Miss Ellen sewed a band inside of each with his full 
name. John Lee, etched thereon, and stringently bade him to 
form the habit of reading this before donning any outer gar- 
ment. 

Everyone liked the professor. There was something win- 
ning about his child-like, genial personality; so it was no won- 
der that the man whom he had befriended became much at- 
tached to him. And the professor, on his part, trusted his man 
implicitly and made a real friend of him. 

The new gardener had not been installed a month when the 
professor visited an old friend who lived across the bay and 



carried some of his rarest bulbs to enrich the other's garden. 
The friend, in return, picked out other rare bulbs from his own 
collection and stowed them away in the professor's old black 
bag for him to carry home. 

That evening Professor Lee attended a meeting. After he 
had been gone for some time. Miss Ellen was startled by an im- 
perative ringing of the doorbell. It was too late for callers, 
and too early for the return of her brother, who might have 
forgotten his key and so have rung the bell. Alexander was in 
his room, a fact that she remembered with more satisfaction 
than it had previously given her, so she called him to answer 
the summons. She heard the sound of men's voices and waited 
to learn their errand. No one came to her for some time, so 
she finally stepped out into the hall. The gleam of a silver 
star shone through the doorway, and an officer of the law re- 
spectfully addressed her. 

"Madam." he said, "we are sorry to disturb you, but we 
shall have to take this man away with us. He is wanted for the 
theft of some valuable jewels." 

Miss Ellen pleaded, then grew indignant. To think that the 
man her brother had befriended should prove a thief! It was 
no more than she had expected, though, she had always been 
suspicious about him. 

Alexander made no comment to Miss Ellen. He left no mes- 
sage for his benefactor. Indeed, he dared not meet the glance 
of her reproachful eyes. Quietly she sat, erect and scornful, 
by the study lamp, waiting for the professor to come home. 

As soon as he entered, he saw that something had gone 
wrong. 

"What's happened?'' he queried. 

The reproachful look had never left Miss Ellen's eyes. It 
turned now toward him. He saw it and wondered what he had 
done. 

"Alexander has been arrested." she witheringly announced. 

"Alexander!" he repeated. "What for?" 

"For stealing," was the crisp answer. 

"What did he steal?" he persisted. 

"I know nothing about it," she replied, "except that the of- 
ficers came here for him about an hour ago. They said some- 
thing about lewels. It jvas so late that I sent him to the door. 
I feel disgraced." 

The professor sank down into the depths of his easy chair 
and wearily rested his head against his hand. Miss Ellen's 
heart sank with a sudden dread as she observed how old he 
had grown. She realized all at once that this might prove a 
sad blow to him. for most people willingly responded to his 
confidence. Thk thought only increased her bitterness toward 
the traitor whom they had unsuspectingly harbored. She rose 
softly and said goodnight. 

The professor sat beyond the circle of light from the study 
lamp. His unseeing gaze was fixed upon the dull, ruddy em- 
bers of a dying fire. Nor did he rouse himself until Miss El- 
len called him gently from above and told him the time. 

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the city prison to see Alexander. 

"I think I'll get a few things that he might need from his 
room and take along in my bag," he said. 

He brought it out and placed it on the table to empty it. 

"Sheldon gave me some fine new dahlia bulbs," he informed 
her. and mechanically sprung the catch. A puzzled look over- 
cast his face as he drew out a large package. "I don't see 
how this came in here." he added. 

Miss Ellen watched curiously as he opened it and drew forth 
a number of small boxes. All at once she seized one and 
cried : 

"The jewels! Alexander must have used your bag." 

"No," her brother answered. "I used it yesterday myself. 
I brought home my dahlia bulbs in it." 

"Is it your bag?" she cried, a sudden suspicion gripping 
her. 

He looked at it carefully. Then the awful truth broke over 
him. 

"I've stolen it!" he exclaimed. 

Miss Ellen held her tongue. She was afraid she would say 
too much if she said anything. 

Hastily, with trembling hands, the professor gathered the 
boxes into a package again and pushed them back into the bag 
which seemed to emanate reproaches from all its shining sur- 
face. 

"What are you going to do?" she finally ventured. 

"Take it to the police station and prove that Alexander is 
not a thief." 

It was what she had expected, but the way he said it sur- 
prised her. 

"John," she sternly demanded. "Do you realize that you may 
be disgraced? You speak as if you were actually happy." 

He laughed his old boyish laugh as he answered : 

"I am. You see, I thought I was deceived in Alexander, 
and he's all right. I haven't felt so good over anything in 
years." 

"They may not take your word that it was all a mistake," 
his sister predicted. "You may have to stand trial and — oh, 
suppose you should lose your position?" 

"I think you could testify as to my habits of picking up 
things that don't belong to me." 

"But they may prove that you're a kleptomaniac, anyway." 
she bewailed. 

"I'll take it right down and hand it over before they come 
to search the house," he said, picking up the bag. "And I'd 
thank the other party to deliver up mine." 

Miss Ellen awaited the outcome in some anxiety. 

In less than an hour, her brother entered her sitting room 
with a beaming face. 

"Better than I thought." he exclaimed. He was excited to 
a degree of exaltation. "Alexander is pure gold, true as steel, 
and the salt of the earth. Excuse my metaphors." 

"But explain about the bag," Miss Ellen demanded. 

"It seems that some lady was coming over from the city to 
a house-party on this side, and she brought her maid, her 
poodle dog, the bag of jewels, and much other finery along. 
The maid was responsible for the bag and — 

"I see," she interrupted. "They were exchanged on the 
ferry. After all the warnings you have had, you picked up 
their bag instead of your own." 

"When the bag was opened to adorn my lady for dinner, 
they discovered the mistake. They called the police, and I 
was traced and tracked to my very door. Alexander knew that 
I had been across the bay and was the person they wanted, 
but the good soul thought that rampant disgrace would wear a 
fiercer aspect attacking a dignified college professor than it 
would an obscure gardener, so he went in my place. And both 
women (not counting the poodle dog) identified him as the man 
they had seen hovering around at the ferry." 

The professor laughed, and Miss Ellen saw that ten years 
had rolled away from him since she saw him crouched before 
the dying fire the night before. It suddenly came to her how 
she would have felt if her brother had answered the bell's sum- 
mons and had been the one to walk miserably away with the of- 
ficers. 

"Is Alexander free?" she asked. 

"Yes, he came home with me," he answered. "He's out in 
the garden." 

Miss Ellen opened the side door Alexander was planting 



the new dahlia bulbs over by the fence and he was whistling 
as he v/orked. 

"Are you going to congratulate him," the professor called 
gaily, as she started d*jwn the steps. 

"No," she answered briefly, "I'm going to ask his pardon." 



THE RACE RIOTS 



The use of troops to suppress the race riots in that ill-govern- 
ed city, Chicago, may be deemed necessary but is unwise. It 
will not settle the negro question, which has been forcing itself 
on public notice for a long time. The negroes of the United 
States — eleven millions of them are in revolt. They have come 
sharply into contact with the whites in Chicago because it is 
a great labor market and is close to the Solid South, where the 
colored man is a citizen who cannot vote. 

The lynchings and suppression of citizenship in the Southern 
States and increase of colored population are driving the ne- 
groes North and West. Race feeling is inciting the white toil- 
ers and so we have such terrible scenes as those now being en- 
acted in Chicago and Washington, and the more deplorable 
occurrences that occurred some time ago in East St. Louis. In 
the latter case the negroes were treated with ferocity which the 
Southern lynchers have not surpassed. 

Those pages of American history are read with horror by the 
cultured people of other civilized nations and do not elevate 
their estimation of our Government. 

The argument that the white Americans of every city would 
imitate the Southern policies of suppression if confronted by 
the negro problem does not settle it. It may be true but that 
is all the more reason why the racial question should be taken 
up by Congress, the press and pulpit and an intelligent and 
humane attempt made to give the black man some place in the 
march of civilization. He is a human being, a citizen, and even 
an Orthodox Christian. 

The psalm singing ancestors of aristocratic Boston who made 
fortunes in the slave trade, while reading their bibles and con- 
ducting Sunday schools, brought the negro to our shores. Uncle 
Sam has over eleven millions of them on his hands. A great 
civil war was necessary to destroy slavery. Nothing but honest 
and fearless public examination and discussion of the race 
problem will stop the inhuman exhibitions in American cities 
with large colored populations. Attempts at suppression will 
be abortive and lead to worse developments. 



TRIUMPHANT LOS ANGELES 

Some of the newspapers are making a great outcry over the 
postponement of the Pacific Fleet's visit and its stay at Los An- 
geles and San Diego, until the President's arrival. 

Our loss is the gain of Los Angeles, which again has in the 
vernacular "plucked the persimmons while we have been sleep- 
ing at the switch." 

It is now time for the newspapers and many of the public men 
of our great but over-comp!acent city, to wake up to the fact 
that team work and eternal hustle are essential to civic as well 
as personal success. Los Angeles is one of the most impres- 
sive examples of civic co-operation's benefits. 

Not many years ago it was a Spanish village. Today it is 
an aspiring city, which has snatched the political control from 
San Francisco. Our State voted several times against prohibi- 
tion. Los Angeles said the State should be bone dry. It is — 
outwardly at least. Los Angeles declared that it should not 
only be considered in the reception of the Pacific Fleet but that 
the impressive flotilla must anchor first on the Southern shore. 
It will. 

Futile as the vagrant winds that blow down Market Street, 
are the wails of the "public leaders" that bemoan the latest vic- 
tory of triumphant Los Angeles. Better for them to stop their 
laments and begin to work in harmony for the real advancement 
of the true metropolis of the Pacific. Then Washington will 
readily listen to them. 



Two Irishmen who had tried in vain to learn French ar- 
rived at their first billet on French soil and began exploring 
the little town. Their attention was attracted by a child who 
was j.ibbering as fast as her tongue would allow. The two 
Irishmen gazed with admiration, their mouths wide open, then 
Terry said: "Pat. will yer listen to the fluint way that for- 
eigner kid talks the damned languige!" — Everybody's. 



San Francisco News Letter 



August 2, 1919 



PLEASURE'S WAND 

"Obey No Wand But Pleasure's"— TOM MOORE 



"The Brat'' Breezy Alcazar Success. 

When Maude Fulton, author and original star in the title 
role of "The Brat," consented for an Alcazar production, she 
had good reason to believe that her confidence was not mis- 
placed. This versatile company, headed by Miss Belle Ben- 
nett and Walter P. Richardson, have successfully revived some 
of the biggest of the Eastern theatrical hits of the last few sea- 
sons. And "The Brat" is a play, a society comedy, that Alca- 
zar talent finds itself quite at home with. Miss Bennett was 
wise in not trying to impersonate Miss Fulton as she created 
the part, but rather has presented a characterization which is 
quite her own and "brattish" enough. Unless memory fails, 
Miss Fulton was much more of the imp, of the real gutter child 
than Miss Bennett. Her role this week reminds one of her part 
of Judy, in Daddy Long Legs, and she is equally charming. By 
way of a surprise. Miss Bennett proves herself something of 
an acrobat as well as a graceful and clever dancer, and her 
black ballet costume in the last act is most bewitching. 

Walter Richardson, as Steve Forrester, wayward younger 
brother of Macmilian Forrester, noted novelist, has the kind of 
a role that fits him like a glove. He handles well the first 
scene where he goes on a gentle jag with the old butler and 
throughout the rest of the play is the impetuous and decent 
young chap that has made so many Alcazar audiences forget 
that he is on the stage at all and "play acting." Sunday night 
a crowded house gave Richardson more than the usual ovation. 

Thomas Chatterton is admirably suited in the role of the rich 
and blase young novelist from whom an adoring mother has 
shut out so much of the real world and its people that they 
have come to mean nothing more to him than "types" for his 
novels. Of these the "Brat" is one that he introduces into his 
home after he has rescued her from the night court, into which 
she has been haled for vagrancy. After studying her for six 
weeks, he is ready to cast her out, when his brother Steve 
comes to the rescue with offer of his heart and home in the 
West. The Brat awakens to a realization of her love for the 
younger brother, whom she had thought of only as a "pal" in 
the belief that she loved the novelist. Meanwhile, a debutante, 
played by Miss Jean Oliver, and a young artist friend of the 
Forresters, in which part Miss Emily Pinter does her usual 
good work, engage in a battle royal, a battle of words and of 
wits, for the hand of the novelist. Vaughan Morgan is so well 
disguised as Timson, the aged butler, that only his name on 
the proper place in the program establishes his identity. This 
young man has already astonished his audience in his ability 
for character acting and made as good an Irish domestic this 
week as a French crook in last week's play. 

Edna Shaw as Mrs. Forrester. Al Cunningham as her brother, 
the Bishop, and Edna Crocker as Margot, the maid, complete 
this excellent cast. The comedy is replete with amusing slang 
and the dialogue is good. Miss Fulton can indeed divide hon- 
ors with those concerned in the present production. 
* * * 

Orpheum Has Many New Attractions. 

A particularly good bill is assembled at the Orpheum this 
week. It is true there is not a single acrobatic act. nor any 
trained animals, but there is nevertheless a pleasing variety 
of entertainment that makes the Exit March sound at what 
seems an earlier hour than usual. The "Reckless Eve," a spark- 
ling musical comedy, that really sparkles, is dividing honors 
with Nelson and Chain, billed in "Use Your Own Judgment." It 
is at once apparent that these two young men have a keen 
sense of the ridiculous. They ride onto the stage on small 
velocipedes, and calmly sit there singing a patter song about 
everything under the sun and full of good laughs. The Cleo- 
patra dance and costume are equally ridiculous, using that 
word in the sense of laugh provoking and this is certainly true 
of red satin pantalets combined with a navy undershirt and 
a shorn head with Egyptian head dress. Nelson and Chain 
have an up-to-date offering that is good vaudeville stuff. 



"The Reckless Eve" is also rather novel in that it has some 
good looking principals who have some passable voices, a 
combination rather rare in vaudeville circles. There is the 
usual small amount of plot but in addition to a sprightly 
chorus, there is an unusual kind of comedian, the Hotel En- 
gineer, as played by Cecil Summers. He is gloom itself, with 
his predictions of bursting boilers and falling elevators. George 
Stanley and Earle Dewey, as the millionaire and the night 
clerk, respectively, are a lively team, and Esther Jarrett, as the 
heiress, is very delightful. The music is catchy and the cos- 
tuming attractive, particularly in the finale, the "Love Song," 
when Spring. Summer, Winter, Autumn, Love and as many 
more individual impersonations hold sway. 

Miss lone Pastori, of California fame, is receiving a hearty 
welcome at this, her debut on the vaudeville stage. She has 
been well known in the world of concert, and her trained, lyric 
soprano is a treat to be heard from any stage. Her opening 
song is "One Fine Day." from Madame Butterfly, and it is 
followed by three other selections equally suited to her voice 
and popular with lovers of music. 

Miss Grace La Rue, who is here for another week, has varied 
her program, as well as her costumes. She sings with so much 
charm and expression, that it is difficult to mention in par- 
ticular any one of her selections. "A Hundred Years From 
Now" is a delight, and she is at her most fascinating in ap- 
pearance and vo'ce in "Cherry Blossom Land." It is with re- 
gret that San Francisco will bid farewell to Miss La Rue — 
is there some sort of an unwritten law about a third week on 
O'Farrell Street, like a third term for our presidents? 

Bob Murphy and Elmore White put a lot of pep into their 
act but rather at the expense of Murphy's vocal chords. They 
have a variety of jokes on this "dry" spell that has fallen 
upon the country, and one wonders if that is going to last for 
ever, like the mother-in-law joke. 

Jack Clifford and Miriam Wills are still showing "At Jasper 

junction," but have inserted some new comedy stuff, clos'ng 

with Clifford's famous dope fiend impersonation. Deiro has 

new selections on his piano accordeon. and Bekefi and Miss 

Sherer have added a Holland dance to their program that is 

very attractive. 

* * * 

"Moliere" in Second Week at Columbia. 

The popularity of Henry Miller and Blanche Bates has been 
forever proved in this city by the Golden Gate. Each of these 
stars has long enjoyed a large following here, and their appear- 
ance together in "Moliere" has crowded the Columbia to its 
seating capacity since its opening a week ago, and the advance 
sale presages the same for this, its second and last week. From 
here, Mr. Miller will take the play to New York, where its suc- 
cess when first staged assures the company of a worthy recep- 
tion. 

Blanche Bates, as the dashing and beautiful Madame de 
Montespan, mistress of the king, has out-rivaled herself, and 
has never been seen to better advantage. It is a splendid role 
for her talents and one that suggested Miss Bates to Mr. Mil- 
ler by her acting in "The Three Musketeers." Judging by the 
interviews and confidences expressed after the curtain fall, this 
present partnership is as much a pleasure to its principals as a 
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"Moliere" is a costume play, set in the reign of Louis IV of 
France, and settings and costumes are more than living up to 
Miller traditions. The three acts show the study of Moliere. 
actor dramatist to the king, and the apartment of Madame de 
Montespan in the Louvre. The latter is particularly charming 
and there is not a false note to be found anywhere. 

Miller has scored a decided hit by his portrayal of Moliere 
which in less capable hands could easily verge from the su- 
blime to the ridiculous, particularly in the last act at his death 
scene. The supporting cast of these notable stars include 
Catherine Calhoun Doucet. David Glassford, Forrest Robin- 
son, Alice Gale, Sidney Herbert, Paul Doucet, Frederick Ro- 
land, James Hagan. Wallace Roberts, Vincent Chambers, 
Frank Longacre, Elsie Frederic, Florence Busby, Paul Gaston 

and William Robins. 

* * * 

Orpheum. — The only Chinese Jazz Band will appear. Com- 
posed of Chinese born in the United States. A feature of their 
program is an ancient Chinese love song, played on Chinese 
instruments, forming a vivid contrast to the more modern 
American airs. Delightful Sheila Terry in a musical romance, 
"Three's a Crowd.'' Clarence Oliver and Georgie Olp, comed- 
ians, will appear in Hugh Herbert's quaint and original playlet. 



London painter who designed the beautiful costumes and scenic 
effects for the production. 

In the dramatic tile role of Miriam. Ruth St. Denis will in- 
troduce a series of new dances which she evolved for the pro- 
duction. She will also offer a number of incidental dances 
throughout the play. 

Ted Shawn has trained 100 of his dance students to take, part 
in the ballets. The choruses will be strengthened by over a 
hundred of the summer session students at the University. The 
voices will be under the direction of Frederick Allen, head of 
th summer session music department. 

The presentation of this delightful biblical play is under th? 

direction of the music and drama committee of the University 

of California. The play was written for Ruth St Denis, by 

Constance Smedley Armfield of London. 
* * * 

Alcazar. — Next week's attraction at the Alcazar will be the 
gay and piquant farcical comedy "Here Comes the Bride." 
This wildly absurd frivolity describes the matrimonial misad- 
ventures of a penniless young lawyer and the adorable daugh- 
ter of a cruel millionaire. Complications in the plot are doubly 
tangled by the financially distressed lover's acceptance of a 
check of one hundred thousand dollars, to wed a mysterious 




The Only Chinese ]a:: Band. Next Week at the Orpheum. 



"Discontent."' Mile. Nadje, who is the possessor of a form 
that is absolutely perfect and which she attributes to physical 
culture, will give an illustration of the exercises she practiced 
to acquire it. Nelson & Chain, in "Use Your Own Judgment;" 
Murphy & White in "Tunes and Laughs;" Miss lone Pastori. 
the favorite lyric soprano in new songs; the latest Hearst 
Weekly and the sparkling comedy, "The Reckless Eve,'' will be 
the new numbers in a thoroughly enjoyable bill. 
* * * 

Greek Theatre. — Public expectation will not be disappointed 
by the biblical play of "Miriam. Sister of Moses." which will 
have its premier presentation this Friday night at the Greek 
Theatre in Berkeley. The second presentation will be given at 
the same place on Saturday evening. 

Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, neither of whom needs an 
introduction to the amusement patrons of San Francisco, will 
have leading roles in this remarkably picturesque drama, which 
is vibrant with life and color, and replete with interest. 

Dress rehearsals of the play have been proceeding all this 
week at the Greek Theatre. This preparatory work has dem- 
onstrated the merits of the drama. 

The kaleidoscopic lighting effects, which flood the theatre 
with color have been worked out by Maxwell Armfield, the 



veiled woman whom he is to part from at the altar and then re- 
gain his bachelorhood at Reno. During the week of August 10 
the Alcazar will present the vital drama of contrasts "Sinners." 
which was a New York sensation. 



NEW LIQUID REFRESHMENT AT TECHAU TAVERN 
There is dancing every evening at Techau Tavern, includ- 
ing Sundays. And there are certain new and delectable drinks 
that make one forget that the country is bone-dry. Or, at least, 
if one doesn't quite forget it one is reasonably resigned. For 
these new drinks have everything but the kick. They even 
have the old names and the Cloverleaf Cocktail and the Tavern 
Fizz are worthy successors of their namesakes. At two periods 
during the evening — at dinnertime and after the theatre — fav- 
ors are presented to the dancers — big boxes of Melachrino cig- 
arettes to the gentlemen and the most beautiful of Kewpie 
Dolls to the ladies. 



"Perfection is not for mortals to attain." said Shake- 
speare. The great dramatist would have changed his mind had 
he been able to dine at Fred Solan's famous restaurant, Geary 
and Mason Streets, and enjoy the perfection of cuisine and 
service. 



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San Francisco News Letter 



August 2, 1919 



[ SOCIAL AND PERSONAL ITEMS \ 



ENGAGEMENTS 

BIBBERO-COWAN. — The engagement was announced this week by Mr. 
and Mrs, David Bibbero of their daughter. Miss Eve Marion Blb- 
bero. to Mr. Stanley Cowan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Cowan 
of this city. 

FRIEDMAN-WEYL.— Mrs. Gather I.. Friedman of 254 Tenth avenue an- 
nounces the betrothal of her daughter, Miss Brownie Friedman, to 
Louis Charles Weyl, eon of Mr. and Mrs. Bernardo WVyl of this city. 

LONDONER-DOLAN.— Mr. and Mrs. H. Londoner, of 258 Page street, 
ounce the engagement of their daughter Gladys to Mr. N. Dolan 
of this city. 

MOISE-ETT1XGER. — The engagement is announced of Miss Felicia 
Moise, daug eter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Moise, to Mr. Os> 

POMEROY-GERTRIDGE. — Cards have been received announcing the en- 
gagement of Miss Dorothy Pqmeroy, daughter of Mrs. Eleanor Pome- 
roy, to Harry Gertridge of this city. 

\\A LES- WILSON. — Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Wales announce the en- 
gagement of their daughter, Anita Marie, to Stanley Vernon Wilson. 
WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS. 

TREAT-ST. GOAR. — Miss Allen Treat, daughter of Mrs. Walter Treat 
of this city, has chosen August 16 as the date for her marriage to 
Frederick St. Goar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry St. Goar. 
WEDDINGS. 

BARMBY- LAIRD.— Miss De larmby and Ruel A. Laird were married 

Monday evening ;u Grace Cathedral, 
BENDHB1M-LIPPMA-N.— A pretty wedding took place at the Pain 

>'f the Bellevue Hotel recently when Miss [one Gertrud< Bendhelm 

became the wife of Mr. Mar inn iiyman Llppman, 
CAMPBELL-WOLFARD. — An interesting wedding "f last week was that 

of Miss Jean Campbell, daughter of Mrs. A. G. Campbell, to Catlin 

Wolfard of Portland. Ore, which took place at the home of Mr. and 

Mrs. H. S. Tittle. 170 Commonwealth avenue. 
DE OJEDA-HENNING. — Miss Yvonne 'f, Ojeda and Rudolph Kenning of 

Chicago, wen married Wednesdi ■■■ at I ; i French Church, at Bush ami 

Stockton streets. 
FLEISHMAN-ROSENFEL1 •. — Miss - !i Fleishman, daughter of 

Mr. and Mrs. M. Fleishman, and Julius Rosen f eld were married at 

Hotel Richelieu Wednesday afternoon. 
SUTTON-SMITH. — Miss Martha Sutton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter 

Sutton, was married at noon Wednesday to F--lix Smith, son of Mr. 

and Mrs. Sidney V. Smith. Rev, Frederick W. Clampett Officiated at 

the wedding, which took place at Trinity Church. 
LUNCHEONS. 
KEENEY. — Mrs. James Ward Keeney of San Francisco was honored 

during the week at a luncheon given by Mrs. John Edward Beale at 

"Yegemar." her home on East Boulevard. 
MACDONALD.— Miss Dorothy Macd.mald and Miss Dorothy Duncan were 

the honored guests at a luncheon recently given by Mrs. Guy C. 

McDonald at her home in San Rafael. 
OXNAI'J >.— Mr. and Mrs. Robert Oxnard. who are at Santa Barbara for 

several weeks' vacation, were guests of honor at a luncheon given by 

Mr. and Mrs. Warner Leeds at Monteclto. 
POPE -In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fortune Ryan, whose arrival 

here was the signal for many delightful social functions, Mr. and 

Mrs. George Pope gav< luncheon at their beautiful home. 

"Edgecourt." 
TAYLOR. — The attractive daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Taylor 

Jr., Miss Edna Taylor, was the honored guest at a prettily appointed 

luncheon given la si Friday by Mrs. Daniel T. Murphy. 

wi i [TE. — Mrs, Ralston White was luncheon hostess Thursday at "The 
Garden of Allah." her country place in Mill Valley, in compliment to 
her Bister, Mrs. I New York, 

DINNERS. 

BARRETT.— In honor of Brigadier- General and Mrs. Frederick S. Strong. 

I.i.-utenant-i 'olonel L. Barrett entertained at dinner in Rainbow Lane 

al the Fairmont on Monday evening. 
COOPER,— The Broadway home of Mrs. Eleanor Martin was tin 

leUghtfuJ dinner party Monday evening when she entertained In 

honor of Mrs. Oscar Cooper, her (muse guest 

HOPKINS. — Miss Edna Booth of San Francisco, who is visiting her aunt. 
Mrs. Charles Hopkins, entertained at dinner on Friday evening, pre- 
ceding a theater party given by Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins. 

MESSER. — Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Mes&er entertained recently at the Si. 
Francis with a dinner in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bryce and 
Miss Helen Bryce of Chicago, and Miss Mary, Alice Katheryn and 
Ann Powell Ryan of Los Angeles. 

MORGAN.— Prior to their departure for their new station In Manila, Cap- 
tain and Mrs. H. Morgan gave a dinner at the Hotel Cecil a few 
nights ago. 

POPE — A delightful affair of the week was the dinner over which Mr. 
and Mrs. George Pope presided recently when more than a dozen 
guests shared their hospitality. The Fable Room of the St. Fran- 
cis was the setting for the affair. 

TOY. — Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Dorey of Philadelphia, who are guests in 
the city for an extended visit, have been much entertained during 
their stay. Mr. and Mrs. George D. Toy gave a dinner parly for 
them in Rainbow Lane at the Fairmont last week. 



TEAS. 

BRACK. — Miss Frances Brack entertained at a tea at her home on 

Eighteenth avenue Wednesday afternoon in honor of her house guest. 

Miss Caroline Blount of Atlanta, Georgia 
CONK LIN.— Misses Sylvia and Sybil Conklin entertained at a delightful 

informal tea Tuesday afternoon In their apartment on Taylor street 

in honor of Mrs. Herbert .Tones. 
GRANT. — "Villa Rose,'" the summer home in Burlingame of the Joseph 

Grants was the scene of a pretty tea Saturday afternoon when .Mis. 

Grant entertained in honor of Mrs. Thomas Fortune Ryan. 
GWINN. — Mis. William Gwinn was hostess at an informal tea at the 

Fairmont Hotel Monday afternoon. 
PINCKARD. — Mrs. Faust was the guest of honor at a charming tea 

over which Mrs. Pinckard presided a day or so before their de- 
parture for the North. 

WEEK-ENDS. 
GERNNS. — Walter Gernns entertained a congenial group of youim peo- 
ple at his summer home in Mill Valley over the week-end. 
MARTIN.— Mr. ami Mrs. J. C Martin Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. M. A. 

I lirsrhman and John Hirschman of San Francisco were week-end 

visitors in Santa Barbara. 

DANCES. 
KIT 1 1 1 AN. — Miss 1 >orothy Fithian has sent out invitations for a dance 

at the Country L'lul August 1, in honor of Miss Margaret Trimble 

and Harold de Ropp. 
MARTIN.— One of the most delightful affairs given for the younger mem- 
was the dance for which Miss Mary Martin was 

hostess' Friday evening at the Burlingame home of her pan-nts, Mr. 

and Mrs. Walter Martin. 

ARRIVALS. 
BAKER. — Mr. and Mrs. Leavitt Baker and their children have returned 

from an extended visit in Brookdale. 
IUt* iWN. — Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Brown have returned to their home on 

Russian inn after having passed the week-end In Lob Altos. 

Bl iNlFACE. — Major J. J. Boniface, c iii.iinliml University Of Arizona. 

ami his mother, Mrs. Boniface Spear are in San Francisco. Mis. 

Spear is at the Hotel Bellevue. 
BOWERS. — Captain Wilder Bowers returned last week, after a year's 

service in France with the motor transport service. 
CLUFF. — Mrs. William Cluff returned Wednesday from Los Angeles. 

where she lias been enjoying a visit of several weeks with her 

daughter, Mrs. Edwin Janss. 
CONN". — Recent arrivals In San Francisco are Mr. Marcus Conn, a promi- 
nent business man of Portland, Oregon, and his wife. 
rniiX.-Dr. Allan L. Cohn, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Cohn, 01 2440 

Clay street, has returned from o\ ■, : 
CHRISTIN. — Mr, and Mrs. Charles Christin, who have been enjoying a 

vacation in the Bouthern part of the state, returned laat week to their 

home in this city. 
DIBBLE. — Mr. and Mrs. Olivei Dibble returned Sunday from a three 

weeks' vacation, the greater part of which was spent at Wawona. 
GRANT. — Mr. ami Mrs. Joseph Grant returned Friday evening to their 

home in Burlingame. after having passed the last ten days at Del 

Monte. 
HORST, — Mrs. E. Clemens Hoist, who with her family lias been at 

Feather River Inn for the past month, returned to her home in 

Presidio Terrace last week. 
KEENEY. — Mrs. James Ward Keeney of San Francisco and her sister, 

Mrs. George J. Harding of Philadelphia, who have been yuosts of 

Mr. and Mrs. TaJbol C. Walker at Montecito for ten days, returned 

to San Francisco on Thursday. 
I A' Li-:. — Dr. ami Mrs, William Gordon Lyie arrived from the Bast last 

Friday evening, and are the guests of the Clement Toblns, in Burlin- 

■-;; 

OYSTER.— Alfred Oyster returned Tuesday from Pebble Beach, where 

be had been visiting for several days as the guest of his mother and 
sister. 

PI n-: lan*. — Miss Mary Phelan returned this w eek to San Fra 

after a motor trip which carried her through Northern Cal Ilia 

ami Oregon as far as Coos Bay. 

UII'LLLL. — Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Davis Uiddell and their son. Jeffer- 
son Davis Riddel! Jr.. who returned recently from a year's service In 
France, have taken an apartment at Stanford Court. Miss Helen MiC- 

I lonough is their house guest, 

ROMBERG. — Mrs. Edwin Romberg of Chicago and her daughter. Miss 
Ruth Romberg, are at the Hotel Richelieu for the remainder of the 
siimtner. Colonel Romberg will follow wit hm a week or two. 

SILVJEN. — Mr. and Mrs. J. Silven and then- son, Arthur Sllven, accom- 
panied by Mrs. G. Kiefer and Miss G. Weisheimer, have just re- 
turned from Southern California to their homes in San Francisco 
after a four months' motoring trip. 

SELFRIDGE. — Lieutenant ami Mis. Russell Selfrldge are again in San 
Francis, o. having arrived Sunday from San Diego. 

sim >RB.— Mrs. Adeline Day Shorb and her two attractive children re- 
turned from a delightful visit to Yosemlte Valley. 

TOCNKTTI. — Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Tognetli arrived in San FVanciSCO from 
Seattle last week. Mr. and Mrs. Tognettl are visiting Mr. Tognettl'S 
pai nis iu Watsonvllle this week. 



August 2. 1919 



and California Advertiser 



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TAYLOR. Mrs. Nathan Powell Taylor of Kentucky; who as Alice Part- 
ridge waa one ot San Francisco's most popular singers, is now in 
California visiting her Bisters, Mrs. Harri Peters ami Miss Jennie 
Partridge. 

van FLEET Miss Julia Van Fleet lias returned from Los" Angeles, 
where she, has been visiting Miss EAeanor MacGowan. 

WHEELER.— Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stetson Wheeler Jr. returned this 
week to their home In Jordan Parh from the McCloud river. 

WATSON,— Captain and Mrs. Thomas Eugene Watson, who arrived re- 
cently at Mair island, are being accorded a warm welcome. They 
are guests of Mrs. Watson's father, Captain John M. Ellioott, r. S. N. 

DEPARTURES. 

CHAPPERLEAR. — Colonel and Mrs. Louis Chappelear sailed for Manila 
Saturday by way of Vladivostok, where Colonel Chappelear will be 
adjutant general of the division under General R. P. Davis. 

CURTICE. — Mrs. Curtice, Miss Curtice, Captain i>odge and Fltzsim- 
mone left on Saturday for Russian river to join Dodge's sister, Mrs. 
John J. Winner, and the Misses Wirtner, for a short vacation. 

Fl. ANDERS. — Mrs. Edward Aiken Flanders and her children. Miss Jac- 
queline and Edwai'd Aiken Flanders Jr.. returned during the week 
to their country home at Inverness after a visit of several days at 
their town house on Filbert street. 

FOLTZ. — Mrs. Clara Shortridge Foltz, who has been the house guest of 
Mrs. Charles L. Richmond, has returned to her home in Los Angeles. 

GAYLEY. — Professor and Mrs. Charles Mills Gayley and their daugh- 
ter. Miss Betty Gayley, have gone to Santa Barbara for several weeks 
and are staying at the Arlington Hotel. 

KOSTER. — Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Koster are passing their vacation 
at Feather River Inn. 

M'NEAR. — Mr. and Mrs. Frederick McNear and Mr. and Mrs. Augustus 
Taylor left Friday for a motor trip through Northern California and 
Oegon. 

SAMPSON. — Mrs. James Stewart Sampson, who has for the last month 
been the guest of Mrs*. Frederick Marriott at her apartments in the 
St. Francis Hotel, and her summer place in the Santa Cruz moun- 
tains, returns to her Salt Lake City home this Saturday morning. 
Mrs. Sampson is one of the most popular young matrons in Salt Lake 
City. Her large circle of warm friends has been further widened b3 
her sojourn in California. 

TAYLOR.— Mr. and Mrs. William Hinckley Taylor of Piedmont left for 
Del Monte Saturday by motor, where they will join Major and Mrs. 
James McCoy, who arrived there recently. 

INTIMATIONS 

BARNETTE. — Commander Bradford Barnelte. U. S. N.. arrived a few 
days ago from Honolulu and has joined Mrs. Barnette at the Fair- 
mont. 

CADWALADER. — Mr. and Mrs. George Calwalader and their little son 
have gone to Burlingame, where they win spend the resl of the sum- 
mer with Mrs. Russell J. Wilson, who has reopened her home in 
the Burlingame foothills for the warm season. They will return in 
September to their home in the city. 

GALE. — Mr. and Mrs. Dutro Cale. will close their home in this City next 

week for an Indefinite period, .'■- fchej &p leaving for a trip around 
the world. 
CHAMBERLAIN. — Mr. and Mrs, Selah Chamberlain Of S:.n IV 

and Redwood City are spending several weeks at Feather River Inn. 
CONROY. — Mrs. Robert J. Conroy of Medford, Ore., i^ visiting hei 

Mrs. Auieiius Buckingham, at the Latter'a home on Jackson street. 

i >a vis. — Mrs, Norris King I »avis is in Sants Barbara, 9 

taken a hous'e for the sunuiM'i 
Fi fSTER.' — Mr. and Mrs\ A. W. Foster an- Spending the summer at 

their country home al Rio Vtata oeai the Bohemian G 

I I A K I MM AN. — MX. and Mrs. 10. It. I larriman ha v.- arrived from Santa 

Barbara, where they h&i been ami have taken apart- 

ments at the St. Francis Hotel. 
HOPKINS. Mr, and Mrs. Samml Hbpklne and Samu.'l HOpklllB. Jr.. will 

pass the months of August and September at Los Altos, where they 
have taken the attractive Pen y Walker home, 
KINO. Mr, and Mrs. Joseph L>. King Jr., are entertaining the latter'a 

sister. Mrs. II. A. Foote Ol Spain, at t la it i- si-: 

Jordan Park, 
M'KKN/jIE. — Mrs. Q. \v. McKensls and little son, Ha n Fran- 

olsco, are visiting Sir, and Mxi U : Stelfel In Salt Lake, Mrs 

McKenxle vi &f I n 1 1 HI i Hi len 9telfel. 

M* DONALD. — Genera] and Mrs. John B. McDonald, theli daugl 

Sue Alston McDonald, and their house gueat, Miss Mai \ i 

Filer of Sharon, Pa,, left recently on a delightful mo 
and the S alley, 

; ; \— i n, i labors left Tuesday for Annapolis, m as he 

ecelvea his discharge from th.- Navy, he wl 
elsco !•• make his home. 
PERM and Mrs, Warren Perry will leave next week for the 

\ .'Si mite Valley, whei 
PIMLOW. Mrs. William Fsrrsa Ptmlow of Ken Torfc is rtsltl 

mother. Mis. James Cat "Ian, a l I m home. |l 

lings ; 
RICHMOND.— Mr, and Mrs Richmond are leaving next Monday 

ron Springs. 
ROSENTHAL. Mis. m. s. Rosenthal of San Francisco has been the 

guest "i" i '■ 

Barbara. 
ST, CTB St Cyr, are spending n fvn 

St. I 1, having motored up from their count!"] 

Mat. < tends fr-un the I 

and her daugfatei 

the ! 

Park, neat San Mateo. 



UNS WORTH. —Mrs; «:. Q. rJixaworth and her two daughters, Lottie and 
Gertrude, and Mrs. Celia Morcom Polk are spending their vacation 
at Summer Home Park on the Russian river, 



DRIFTING 

Athwart the silver dusk the fireflies float; 

The crescent moon, above the shadowy hill, 
Sails slowly downward like a little boat; 

The winds are sleeping, and the night is still. 
Save when amid the reeds along the shore 
A ripple washes, and is heard no more. 

The summer stars peer down thro' heaven's gray veil 
And here and there, across the misty fen, 

A strange light wanders, now afar and pale, 
Now near and slowly waxing bright again. 

Silent past many a fairy bower we glide. 
Past rocking lily-pads and dipping boughs, 

By wreathing vines that sweep the dimpling tide, 
By smooth-mown meadows where the mild-eyed cows 

Lie 'mid the dews and take the night's sweet breath, 
A subtle perfume, from the distant woods, 

Steals lightly by and swiftly vanisheth 
Into the night's unfooted solitudes. 

Nature has charms the unanointed eye 
May never see; by many a common stream 

She sets her signs, and where her lovers lie 
In secret places, there are lights that gleam 
As beautiful and mysterious as a dream. 

James B. Kenyon, in "The Harvest Home." 



Lee Fong was brought before a local justice and fined 

for breaking the law. The judge had great difficulty in making 
the Oriental understand, as he feigned entire ignorance of Eng- 
lish. Finally, in desperation, the judge said : "Here, man, do 
you see? That is one dollar. Pay it — or go to jail." The 
Chink still appeared to be unenlightened and the magistrate 
repeated the question. "Allow me to talk to him, your Honor," 
burst forth the husky cop who had arrested him. "I'll make 
him understand." The officer approached the prisoner and 
shouted in his ear: "Say. you with the teakettle face, can't 
you hear anything? You've got to pay a fine of two dollars." 
"You're a liar!"' shouted back the Chink — "It's only one dollar." 
— Everybody's. 



The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers is appealing 

to President Wilson not to raise wages any higher but lower 
the "H. C. L." Good! That's the principle we all want. 
"Leave us alone but cinch the other fellow." 



There are many garages in town and the motorist is 

often in a quandary as to where to go. especially for permanent 
service. There are very few who give you the quality of 
service of Dow & Green, in Taylor street, between O'Farrell 
and Geary. Here your car will receive something more than 
the "once over," and the prices are moderate. 



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San Francisco News Letter 



August 2, 1919 



THE MOTOR CAR 



The average motor car buyer today is feeling that he is stung, 
that the motor car builders are holding him up and are profit- 
eering as it were. 

Many have decided they would not pay the raise in price, 
not so much because they could not afford it but because they 
think they will not stand for an imposition, and thus by such 
action will bring the manufacturer to time. 

A most logical conclusion if the manufacturer was asking an 
inflated price, but as investigation has proved he is not, there- 
fore, the only one that will be brought to time is the buyer, 
sooner or later. The sooner ones will get the car they de- 
sire, and the later ones will have to go without and maybe will 
not be able to buy any kind of a new car irrespective of the 
price. 

$ $ :t 

The public has not yet come to understand that business may 
never return to conditions that prevailed before the war. This 
includes prices. The public must realize that the increased 
cost of labor and the addition of war tax has advanced the 
price of everything. It will not be until wages are lowered and 
war taxes are discontinued that we will see a general lowering 
of prices. 

* * * 

Wages will not be lowered until there is an over production 
or until prices are forced to such a point that the public can 
not afford to buy. Then when it will be hard to find work 
men and women who must feed families will be glad to work 
for the cost of actual necessities. Just so often the country 
passes through such a period. The man who walks away and 
does not buy the motor car he was figuring on just because he 
thinks that the builder is profiteering and not because he can 
not afford it is inviting hard times. He is stagnating business 

and prolonging the taxation period. 

* * * 

The labor cost is 75 per cent of the finished commodity. We 
can not have high wages and cheap commodities, hence there 
is a good reason for the present raise in the price of motor cars 
although many thought they would be cheaper after the war. 
This is what is making many buyers sore. They fooled them- 
selves and now have to pay for their poor judgment. 

* * * 

The price of motor cars are going higher before they recede. 
Eliminating the question of wages and taxation there are two 
other reasons just at this time that will tend to increase prices 
through a shortage of production on the part of automotive 
manufacturers. Up to the present time it is recognized that 
the Republican party is the controlling factor in the politics of 
the country. This being the case, manufacturers buy close and 
produce as little as possible just before an election when the 
Democratic party is in power, for there is a feeling that a 
change is likely to take place which necessarily will change the 
order of things. Manufacturers who favor the Republican party 
and its policies "bear" the market, making as little as possible 
and not caring to have prosperous times that may be accredit- 
ed to the Democratic policies. 

* * * 

Business has neither heart or sentiment. Business hates to 
accumulate and then have it taken away without getting as 
much back and a litt'.e more. The sur-tax is a thorn in the 
side of the business man. The war is over, all danger is past 
and he thinks he is "paying for a dead horse." In the major- 
ity of cases he is only going to make that on which the profit 
will be all his own. It is up to the Government to do its own 

business of raising taxes. 

* * * 

It all sums itself down to the one fact, that there is going to 
be a shortage for the next eighteen months in the automobile 
industry, and all other automotives. What matters it if for the 
next year and a half they sell a few less cars, trucks or trac- 
tors. Those in existence will wear out the sooner, and the 



demand will be even greater when high speed production once 
again takes place. 



* * * 



It is the wise buyer that walks into the motor dealers and 
lays down his money for a definite date of delivery. He will 
be sure of getting a car some time, but sixty days hence it 
will be a question if he will be guaranteed a delivery until 
after the first of the year. 

* * * 

The manufacturer can produce enough to cover expenses 
and carry him over the trying times before an election, for the 
reason there has been no over production and he can find a 
buyer for every car he wishes to build. But how about the 
distributor and dealer. His overhead is very little decreased 
when there is a shortage of cars. He must keep his organiza- 
tion together. Rent and the other items of overhead continue 
just as large and if he does not get cars he is either going out 
of business or will have to act from janitor to the head of the 
firm. 

¥ * * 

This is bringing the dealer back to the conditions as they 
were when the Government told the automobile builders to get 
on a 100 per cent war basis. Automobile distributors and 
dealers commenced to look around for trucks and tractors. But 
along came the armistice and they forgot it all and returned to 
the passenger car. It will soon be back to the truck and trac- 
tor. The successful distributor of tomorrow will be he who 

handles automotives and not any one line. 

* * * 

The truck operators are commencing to appreciate good car- 
buietion, according to Thomas H. Elkington, distributor of the 
Miller carburetor. 

"Truck owners do not have the opportunity to watch the 
gasoline consumation as does the passenger car owner," says 
Elkington. 

"The large number of stops and stops cannot be kept track of 
with the certainity as travel with a passenger car, and for that 
reason the owner of the former is unable to estimate if he is 
getting the highest efficiency out of the motor. 

"It is not until the truck shows lack of power on the hills 
that the drivers generally report the truck is not performing as 
it should. 

"When this happens it is generally sent to the repair shop 
to be overhauled when in a great many of cases all that would 
be necessary would be to install a carburetor that could take 
the car on the present low grade of gasoline. 

"It is a fact that a truck has more need for a carburetor that 
has a universal action, one that will take care of all grades of 
gasoline, heat, cold and position, whether it be down at sea 
level or high up in the mountains, than the passenger car. Every 
ounce of power in the truck engine is needed to haul its heavy 
load. Then again trucks are purely a commercial vehicle. 
Lost power and poor mileage on gasoline means added cost 
operation that may be saved by changing carburetors." 

* * * 

American motor trucks shipped to Europe are being received 
in good condition and there is a clamor for American made 
trucks on the continent, according to Cyril Lacroix, French 
representative for the Acason Motor Truck Company, who has 
arrived in this country. 

"There is a good deal of business in sight for the American- 
truck manufacturer," Mr. Lacroix declares. "We are now ne- 
gotiating from Paris for the sale of Acason trucks in Poland. 
Greece, Servia and Roumania. The purchases are of consider- 
able importance, both because of the size of the expected or- 
ders and the real necessity of getting trucks in operation in 
these countries quickly." 

* * # 

Just think — before the aeroplane we spent 25 cents to see 
the marvelous death-defying bicyclist loop-the-loop . 



August 2. 1919 



and California Advertiser 



13 



INSURANCE 



Agents in the many towns around San Francisco are mak- 
ing complaint of the practice by some companies of making 
agents of suburban residents who have their principal places 
of business in San Francisco. Instances are cited of life in- 
surance agents who sleep in suburban towns and have their of- 
fice in the big city being appointed as the suburban repre- 
sentatives of fire insurance offices. It is claimed that this is 
not fair to the resident agent of the small towns who depend 
upon the local business for support. Not only have the agents 
awakened to a realization of the injustice of this practice but 
the brokers are also complaining that the system enables the 
pseudo local agent to canvass for and place business in the 
metropolis without the trouble and expense of joining the brok- 
ers' organization. It is admitted that the individual activities 
of these agents are small but the frequency of their appoint- 
ment and the aggregate amount of business taken from legiti- 
mate representatives is declared to be very considerable. 

Recent action of the Pacific Board in placing frame mer- 
cantile buildings in the three year class has induced both 
agents and brokers to petition for an advance of commission 
on these hazards. While the extension of the term of insur- 
ance makes the retention of the business on the books of the 
agent more easy of accomplishment the loss of compensation 
by reason of the reduction of rate should be compensated for, 
so the agent believes, owing to the acknowledged preferential 
quality of the business. 

* * * 

Local agents writing workmen's compensation insurance in 
Utah are much concerned over the reduction of rates effected 
by the state fund under the revised Utah workman's compen- 
sation act, which became effective in July. The state fund has 
been writing at the same rate as have the private companies, 
but the new rates are fully 10 per cent below those of the old 
manual and 27 per cent at present charged by the stock com- 
panies. The seven companies that have to date qualified un- 
der the new law include the Continental Casualty, Standard 
Accident, London Guarantee & Accident, U. S. Fidelity. Ocean 
Accident and Maryland Casualty. The new rates adopted by 
these companies, made necessary to meet the increased cost 
under the new act are 26 1 / 2 per cent in advance of the manual 
rates under the old law. 

* * * 

After much travail and some pains the Casualty Underwrit- 
ers Board of San Francisco has fixed the rate of commission on 
all public liability, property damage and collision lines at 15 
per cent for business written in California by local agents and 
brokers. This is an advance of 2 1 2 per cent over the old rate 
of commission for liability business and leaves the rate of com- 
mission for property damage and collision where it was be- 
fore. This action has been approved by all companies writing 
these lines in California, in and out of the board with the ex- 
ception of the Travelers and Traders Indemnity who have no 
affiliation with either the national or local board. These com- 
panies will probably continue their practice of paying 15 and 
20 per cent commission on the respective lines. Much confu- 
sion is expected to result owing to the further fact that as high 
as 20 per cent commission is being paid in collision and prop- 
erty damage by fire companies at twelve "favored cities." 

* * * 

Agents at different points throughout Coast territory have 
followed the example of the San Francisco Brokers Exchange, 
the members of which recently filed with the Board a protest 
to the effect that a few general agencies have made a practice 
of paying commissions for business brought in by employes, by 
protesting on their own account against the practical by some 
special agents of writing business in outlying districts with- 
out permitting such business to be cleared through the nearest 
local agency and the said local agent to benefit thereby. As a 
result of referring this condition to the insurance department 



an opinion has been received that such methods are irregular, 
commissions under the law being payable only to individuals, 
firms or corporations holding agents' or brokers' licenses. Realty 
firms throughout the Pacific West who have made a practice 
of paying commission to their employes for business brought 
in by them have been warned that this illegal proceeding must 
be discontinued. ■ 

* * * 

Competition has become so keen on the Coast owing to the 
entry of so many companies during the past six months that 
it has become possible for the local agents of both fire and 
casualty companies to pick their representatives. The impetus 
imparted to business and building conditions by the coming 
of peace has been so pronounced that there is plenty of busi- 
ness for all. The separation rule which was upon its introduc- 
tion unanimously disapproved by local agents has proven to be 
a blessing in disguise by broadening the field and stiffening 
competition. Although losses have been heavy in this terri- 
tory evidences point to a highly profitable year for agents. 

* * * 

The Western Mutual Life Association of Los Angeles is to 
re-or^anize as a local reserve company under the provisions 
of the law enacted by the California Legislature this year, per- 
mitting assessment companies to value their policies as term 
contracts. The new incorporation is to have a capital of $250.- 
000, owned by the present members. The Western Mutual, 
originally the Western Mason's Mutual Life was organized 

thirty-three years ago and has been operating ever since. 

* * * 

C. J. Sullivan has been engaged to do field work for Seeley 
& Company. He will be assigned to Northern California and 
Utah with headquarters at San Francisco. He has recently re- 
turned from the service. In the same general agency, H. F. 
Heinkel has been transferred from the bay counties to Central 
California, taking the place of R. R. Roper. 



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San Francisco News Letter 



August 2, 1919 



Higher Costs Send Car Prices Upward 



PRICES of automobiles, for which July 15 was named 
as an approximate date of readjustment, show a distinct 
tendency to advance. The present week has seen new 
schedules, revised upward, in force on names that have been 
long known as quantity producers. Studebaker, Maxwell. Chal- 
mers and Oldsmobile furnishing the latest examples in a range 
of prices and models that are fairly representative of a large 
proportion of the industry's output. These are outstanding in 
a list of a round dozen, whose prices have gone up recently, or 
who have definitely settled on advances. In addition, there 
is a tendency, not by any means universal, however, to be- 
lieve that present prices will have to be increased in the case 
of other companies, the actual step being deferred until an 
exact amount can be determined, or means discovered to avoid 
the necessity of increasing. 

Reasons for this step are, of course, easily understood, and 
are of long standing. Not only are prices of materials still 
high, but until continuous production on a large scale is pos- 
sible the time of overhead is an important factor. "Price situ- 
ation at the present time is very unsettled, owing to the fact 
that it is impossible to get into full production with various ac- 
cessory plants tied up by labor troubles. There has been a 
tremendous increase in raw materials, and labor is still ad- 
vancing,"' is the way in which one prominent mid-west manu- 
facturer views his own problems. 

"Can give you no definite information at this time regarding 
price increase," wires one prominent Detroit manufacturer. "All 
existing conditions in labor and materials markets indicate ad- 
vancing tendencies. Will know definitely what action to take 
in another thirty days." 

"Present costs make advance in price of our product very 
probable in near future," contributes an Indiana manufacturer. 
Another in the same state indicates that his company is in- 
clined toward an increase, but is holding off until all angles of 
his policy can be determined definitely. 

Leading advances of the week include that of the whole 
Studebaker line. The four, and the two light six open models 
are increased by an even hundred dollars, to $1,325 for the 
little car and $1,685 for the light six touring and club roadster. 
The light six coupe and sedan are increased by $150 to $2,435 
and $2,535, respectively. The Studebaker big six touring is 
also increased by $150 to $2,135. 

Maxwell and Chalmers cars have both felt the pressure of 
higher costs, too, and late this week $90 was added to the price 
of Maxwells, and $120 to $150 to those of the entire Chalmers 
line. The Maxwell company has persistently advised its trade 
that prices could not go any lower under present conditions. 
On the other hand, it went so far as to assert several times 
during the past months that it could not guarantee against in- 
creases that it foresaw but hoped would not be necessary. 

At the upper edge of the price scale, Locomobile late this 
week revised its prices to a scale necessary in maintaining and 
developing its production, which will still follow the policy of 
limited numbers. A flat increase of $1,100 on the chassis, the 
touring and the four-passenger open model brings these up to 
$7,100. $8,100 and $8,200, respectively. The stock closed 
models have been advanced by $1,400, bringing both limousine 
and landaulet models up to $9,600. Special custom body jobs 
with chassis range upward to $11,000. 

Buick has found it necessary to increase prices on its closed 
cars only. Effective July 1, the coupe was advanced $100 to 
$2,085; the five passenger sedan was increased $60 to $2,255, 
and the seven passenger sedan by $110 to $2,695. Oldsmo- 
biles made by another company of the General Motors group, 
have been raised by an even $100 in their list price. The six 
now sells for $1,395 and the eight for $1,800. In the latter 
case this represents a second increase recently, since the for- 
mer $1,700 was itself an increase. 

Both Hudson and Essex lines were increased at the end of 
last week. In the former case new prices are $125 higher than 
formerly, bringing the open cars to $2,100. with similar ad- 



vances on the long list of Hudson enclosed cars. Essex cars 
are increased by $200 on their list price, the advance applying 
to all models. This brings the base price of this car to $1,595. 

Franklin increased prices on all of its models, effective dur- 
ing the last few days of June. Pierce-Arrows, leading the list 
with the amount of increase recorded, were put up $1,250 re- 
cently. 

The Kissel Motor Car Company looks forward regretfully 
to a possibility of having to advance its passenger car prices 
again, over the $200 advance that was put in effect during the 
middle of May. Prices on Kissel trucks were raised by a round 
$200 July 1. The Moon Motor Car Company, which put out 
its Victory model with a $100 increase, added June 1, sees lit- 
tle hope for the immediate future owing to hugely advanced 
prices of materials and labor. Autocar trucks, too. are to cost 
more after August 1. The increase in the case of both models 
is an even $250, the 97-inch wheelbase job rising to $2,300 and 
the 120-inch model to $2,400. 

Other than these, there is a long list of makers, who either 
freely admit that an increase is regarded as a possibility, or 
reserve their views behind the statement that they are not con- 
templating any change at this time. Paige-Detroit cannot give 
any information regarding increase in its product, but points 
out that both labor and materials are costing far more right 
now. which of itself points to the need for an advance to even 
up. Haynes cannot give definite information either, until it 
has examined the possibilities fully, but intimates that the mat- 
ter of higher costs is entering into consideration. National sees 
no possibility of reduction and though it does not promise, in- 
dicates that it, too, is confronted with the possibility of in- 
creasing its prices in the near future. Lexington has consist- 
ently maintained its price in the past few months, and promises 
to keep on trying to do this, but indicates that any change will 
be higher rather than lower in view of manufacturing condi- 
tions. Premier can give no information now. but believes that 
when new Premier models are shown they will have to bear a 
higher price. 

Of a list of makers who recently expressed their views on 
the question of price increases, eight either indicate that they 
were not considering any changes at all, or that they could not 
discuss the question. Nash is not contemplating any change. 
Chandler is without information that it can make public. Win- 
ton does not contemplate any change in its prices. Neither do 
Cadillac, Oakland or Scripps-Booth. Hupp does not expect to 
have to advance its figures, although it admits that labor and 
materials are continuing to advance. Dort has no information 
to give out at this time concerning possibility of change. 

The whole question, of course, is one that lies further back 
than the automobile factory, further even than the parts or ac- 
cessory manufacturing plant. It is costing more to mine metals, 
to produce steel and the long list of other products that finally 
find their way into the finished automobile. — Automobile 
Topics. 



-Chester Rowell. who is admired in his home town of 



Fresno as a politician, and outside it as an editor, will not play 
on Gavin McNab's front steps by meeting President Wilson at 
the State line or presiding at the Municipal Auditorium mass 
meeting. Brother Rowell takes himself much too seriously for 
a raisin belt journalist. If he doesn't play on the front steps 
he may find himself behind the back fence, and will never be 
missed. 



Burleson is afraid the American people will regret his 

turning back of the telephone and telegraph wires to private 
ownership. We know it's an awful risk to lose him — but we're 
willing to take the chances. 



In Berlin they are establishing a court to fix the blame 

for the war. This is evidently a job to keep the kaiser from 
sneaking back into Potsdam over the back fence of the palace. 



August 2, 1919 




and California Advertiser 

The Opal of New South Wales 



15 



First Wife : "What is your husband's average in- 
come, Mrs. Smith?" Second Wife: "Oh about midnight." — 
Marion Chronicle. 

"Father, did mother accept you the first time you pro- 
posed to her?" "Yes, my dear, but ever since she's scorned 
eveiy proposal I make."' — London Ideas. 

Pastor: "Do you know me, my dear little girl?" "Yes, 

sir. You're the gen'leman momma makes me stay awake an 
listen to in church." — Sacramento Bee. 

"Confound those restaurant signs!" "What's the 

trouble?"" "While I was watching my hat and coat some guy 
stole my watch."' — Morris Herald. 

"We need brains in this business young man." "You 

needn't tell me. Your business shows it," answered the canned 
clerk. — Logansport Reporter. 

Stella: "Don't you think it is wrong to marry for a 

home?" "Bella: "Certainly, I wouldn't marry for anything 
less than an apartment house." — New York Telegraph. 

Guest: "Say, waiter, here's a piece of wood in this 

sausage."' "Waiter: "Yessir." Guest: "I don't mind a piece 
of the dog but I object to eating his kennel. — Dubuque Herald. 

"And shall I be able to play the piano when my hands 

heal ?"' asked the wounded soldier. "Certainly, you will," said 
the doctor." "Gee, that's great! I never could before." — Bos- 
ton Transcript. 

■ Professor (to student using strong language) : "Are you 

aware, sir, that you are imperiling your immortal soul — and 
worse — subjecting yourself to a fine of a dollar and a half?" — 
Boston Herald. 

"Thirty cents a word for this stuff," exclaimed the 

editor. "Sir, I am a famous author." "That's just it. If you 
were a famous scrapper or pitcher 'twould be different." — Wis- 
consin Journal. 

"I'm thinking of touring in South Africa next season," 

announced the comedian." Take my advice and don't." re- 
plied the villain. "An ostrich egg weighs from two to three 
pounds." — Liverpool Mercury. 

"Has the price of poached eggs advanced since yester- 
day, waiter?" "No, ma'am." "How do you account for that?" 
"This is the day for raising the price of boiled potatoes 
ma'am." — Battle Creek Enquirer. 

Willis : What do you think of government ownership of 

railroads? Gillis: Not much changed. In the old days the 
relations of the presidents of the roads got the soft jobs, and 
now the friends of the politicians get them. — Life. 

Mother: "Johnnie, you said you'd been to Sunday 

School." "Yes. Maw." "How did you get that smell of fish 
on your hands?" "I — I — I brought home the Sunday School 
magazine an' the front page is all about Jonah an' the whale." 
— Washington Star. 

Mrs. Neighbors : "They tell me your son is on the col- 
lege football team." Mrs. Malprop: "He is." Mrs. Neigh- 
bors: "What position does he play?" Mrs. Malprop: "I 
ain't sure, but I think he's ones of the drawbacks." — Boston 
Herald. 

Attorney-General Gregory at a dinner recently re- 
marked: "Bores are always talkative. There is no such thing 
as a silent bore. One of the ilk once said to me at a party : 
'Jones isn"t very polite. He yawned three times while I was 
talking to him yesterday." 'But maybe he wasn't yawning," I 
protested. 'Perhaps he was trying to say something.' " — \ 
Herald. 



In the Australian Court of the Panama Pacific Exposition in 
San Francisco of 1915, the exhibit around which large crowds 
clustered every day was a magnificent collection of black opal 
from Lightning Ridge, New South Wales. 

The Australian Court was admittedly a highly creditable por- 
tion of the Exposition, and the picturesque arrangement of its 
comprehensive collection of exhibits representing the industries 
and productions of the vast continent across the sea elicited 
admiration and amazement from hundreds of thousands of visi- 
tors, but nothing so drew and fascinated the multitude as the 
collection of precious stones, which was New South Wales* 
proud offering. 

In that collection opal was shown in every stage of its his- 
tory — in the rough stone just as it was taken from the ground ; 
partly polished, but uncut ; cut and polished to its highest state 
of excellence and fashioned into rings, necklets, faces of 
watches, earrings and a hundred other articles of jewelry de- 
signed by an artist hand with infinite skill. 

It is not strange that the natural opal, untouched by the jew- 
eler's art, evoked admiration, for in that repository there were 
slabs of stone whose splashes of fiery color resembled sunset 
skies of crimson and gold, and others that took on the form of 
blue lakes banked by fire clad mountain peaks; of bush fire 
scenes and silver landscapes; of peacocks' tails and Corot fans, 
and many another miniature masterpiece painted by the hand 
of the Great Artificer. 

The Americans had never seen such opals before, and at once 
a craze set in for the mysterious stone. Fabulous prices were 
offered for the rarest pieces, and the whole of the exhibit real- 
ized a price undreamt of. even by the exhibitor, an opal special- 
ist in Sydney and a man not easily amazed. 

The black opal became the fashion, not only on account of 
its rare and wondrous beauty, but because it is supposed to 
bring its owner good fortune and happiness, and to this day 
Australian women, who love their national stone, blame Amer- 
icans for running up its price and for keeping it soaring higher 
and higher into the realms of millionaire gems. 

The opal fields of New South Wales are widely distributed, 
but naturally the finest specimens of black opal are rare. White 
opal is chiefly found at White Cliffs, some 650 miles northwest 
from Sydney, and the home of the black variety is at Light- 
ning Ridge, near Walgett, 500 miles from Sydney. Mining is 
going on in both localities, but the latter is the more important 
and newer field. 

The romance of the opal field has yet to be written, but the 
scientist tells us interesting things about the formation of the 
opaline stone. It is found in the upper cretaceous sandstone. 
which is siliciiied. in the widespread productions of quartzite 
and common opal, the precious opal being an occasional con- 
comitant, like the pearl in the oyster shell, and is probably 
formed by a general uprise of silicated water under pressure. 

On the fields have been found remarkable replacements of 
fossil organisms by precious opal, with the frequent production 
of objects of great beauty. In this way molluscs, crinoids. 
belemites, fossil wood and reptilian bones have been opalized. 
and many of these unique specimens have been secured for 
museums overseas. 

Opal seeking has a fascination unknown to other mining 
operations, as it affords opportunities for unskilled labor, there 
being no known surface indications, and the finds are at no 
great distance from the surface, frequently not more than a few 
feet, and generally less than eighty feet, and owing to the ease 
with which it can be removed from the field opal mining has ir- 
resistible attractions for the fortune seeker. 

Vast sums of money have been realized on the fields in the 
past. Recent records give the figures $6,200,000 as having 
been taken from the opal mines of New South Wales, and their 
future gives promise of boundless wealth for the taking. 



-Over seven years ago when Woodrow Wilson, then Gov- 



ernor of New Jersey, was here opening his campaign for Presi- 
dent, our fighting factions were at it tooth and nail. Don't let 
him find us still emulating the Kilkenny cats, with Fresno Pro- 
gressives clawing San Francisco Democrats and the fur flying 
in all directions. 



16 



San Francisco News Letter 



August 2, 1919 






iT^NANOAy 



As the local financial market takes its color from the New 
York market it is interesting to learn that the keynote on 
Wall Street is optimism. The general belief is that labor 
troubles from which so much was feared will not be as serious 
as the pessimists have been predicting. In the great steel in- 
dustry, which is one of the basic activities of the nation, the 
manufacturers now look for a restoration of normal conditions 
satisfactory to both the companies and the employes. 

* * # 

According to the leaders in the steel industry, there is every 
probability that owing to increased consumption the bonus sys- 
tem will soon be resumed. This in prosperous times, extends 
to practically all the employes of the big companies. The ex- 
port steel business is showing a gratifying advance. There is 
a heavy outgo of railroad material and supplies including roll- 
ing stock. 

* * * 

There were doubts as to the possible condition of the auto- 
mobile trade this fall but the developments of the past thirty 
days have removed all fears of a slump. On the contrary there 
is sure to be a sharp advance in the volume of business. 

* * * 

Immense orders have been placed by some of the larger 
automobile concerns. The Ford Motor Company's orders for 
the next twelve months include 80,000 tons of sheet steel. The 
company is regarded as a shrewd buyer, and the heavy order is 
accepted as meaning that conditions are favorable for a con- 
tinuation of the prosperity. 

* * * 

There has been a marked improvement in the Sen Francisco 
real estate market but we are in that respect far behind the re- 
newal of business in New York. Since the war began and even 
before that the real estate market suffered from an unexplained 
depression. One would think that people had decided that 
houses and lands were needless encumberances, and that civ- 
ilized mankind could imitate its projectors by living in caves 
and trees. The investigating public is now taking a saner view 
of the matter. It is being realized as never before that houses 
are ever indispensable. Somebody must build them or land- 
lords will become oppressive profiteers. There is a shortage 
of tenements of one kind and another in this city, and rents are 
rising with a rapidity disconcerting to the tenants. People 
who. a year ago, said that they would never own a house or lot 
on account of the trouble it entailed, are now scanning the real 
estate advertisements to find a good buy. There are many to 
be had, but less than six months ago. Six months hence there 
will be no real estate snaps in San Francisco for shrewd buy- 
ers will have taken them all. 

* * * 

The apartment house investment appears very attractive to 
the class of investors who are now most prominent in the real 
estate market. Most of the apartment houses are filled and 
have "No vacancy'' notices on the doors. It looks like an 
tasy and profitable thing to erect an apartment house and keep 
it filled. Some of the investors who are rusrrng into that specu- 
lat'on may wish they had kept out of it. There is likely to be 
too many apartment houses of the wrong kind erected. 

* * * 

All the paying apartment houses are well located and well 
planned. It is most important to have a good corner lot so that 
the apartment house shall have no dark rooms. There are not 
a great many of such building lots in San Francisco. What- 
ever the prices, it would be better to buy good corner lots than 
purchase cheap ones in the middle of a block and erect houses 
that electric light cannot make cheerful or steam heat can not 
render comfortable. Not only will it cost more for the upkeep 
of a badly located and ill-built house but the class of tenants 
will deteriorate. The older the house the greater the deteriora- 
tion in the patronage. 



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An epidemic of strikes shouldn't worry us much. It's 

only a symptom of more money than sense. 

A municipal theatre in the Civic Center is proposed by 

Henry Miller. Henry pays taxes in New York. 

Lloyd George has been invited to join a new political 

party. The party will probably be joining George first. 

Another unlucky woman has been killed while operating 

an elevator. Isn't there plenty of better work for women than 
that hazardous activity? 

The July deficit of the railroads, operating under Fed- 
eral control, was but twenty-three million dollars. Only a 
mere bagatelle when it can be made good in the tax levy. 

There is no truth in the rumor that the fights between 

policemen and service men are staged to justify the increase of 
policemen when the saloons are closing and arrests dwindling. 

The very latest by wireless from Washington is that the 

"composition of the Pacific Fleet has been changed.'' It had 
to be, if more than the admiral's launch is to anchor in Los An- 
geles harbor? 

Booze burglars are operating all around. Loud is the 

wail of the victims. Soon the real estate brokers will be ad- 
vertising every modern residence as "equipped with a garage 
and guaranteed booze safe." 

A proposed bond issue to provide for the rebuilding of 

the o'd California Missions is the latest manifestation of lunacy. 
The ruins are more picturesque than the restorations and cost 
less for grafting commissions and contractors. 

Inducing the motion picture people to locate in San Fran- 
cisco is most praiseworthy. Why not a similar hustle, to in- 
fluence manufacturers to come here? And don't forget that 
naval base. etc. All preferable to small town politics. 

There were 1139 tipplers arrested in July, last year, and 

only 226 this July, reports Police Chief White. What are you 
putting over this kmd of stuff for Gus when we have just been 
increasing the police force for you and the municipal till is 
like a poor box? 

The Harvard drive for $11,000,000 has started agitation 

against the policy of paying college professors less than street- 
sweepers. The sure way to correct the inequality is to educate 
fewer professors and train more sweepers. Or let them ex- 
change places. As Shakespeare says "Honor and shame from 
no condition rise. Act well your part there all honor lies." 
Perhaps as many street-sweepers would make good professors 
as professors would make good street-sweepers. What's in a 
name only? 



Thomas W. Lamont, partner of J'. P. Morgan and finan- 
cial adviser to the American Commission to Negotiate Peace, 
declares that Europe's greatest need is the trained minds of 
young American men. Europe needs so many things from us 
we had better annex it and end the trouble. 

Hugh Hume in the Portland Spectator suggests a slight 

change in that fine old patriotic anthem "America" so it would 
read : Our country 'tis of thee. Land of the Japanese, Of thee 
I squeak. Lands that are naught to us — For which we give 
no cuss : Turk, Hezjak, Balkan, Russ, Or Bolshevik. 

The logic of the soldier's rifle is about the only social 

argument that Chicago fully understands. It has snuffed out 
the race riots. It squelched the bombthrowers in the eighties, 
when President Grover Cleveland ordered regular troops into 
action in spite of the protests of a Socialist governor of Illinois. 

The brass buttons and uniform of Mars always had attrac- 
tions for Venus and things haven't changed any in that respect 
although the goddess of beauty now masquerades chiefly as a 
movie star. Almost every day a divorce suit or other com- 
plication of the military and the theatrical profession occurs. 

Herbert Fleishhacker. whom Mayor Rolph named as 

superintendent of the interesting process of "digging up" for 
the proper reception of the Pacific Fleet, has performed his 
duties like the veritable Napoleon of Finance that he is, Cali- 
fornia's high repute for hospitality is safe and something to 
spare. 

A Massachusetts maiden of 80, protests against the pres- 
ent styles — dresses too tight and transparent, silk stockings too 
lifelike and suggestive, etc. It wasn't so in her golden youth. 
Mother Eve was the only elderly lady who didn't have cause 
for comparisons. We haven't matched the fig leaf fashion 
plate yet. 

Undiscouraged by the President's veto of the House 

bill repealing the daylight saving enactment the United States 
Senate has passed a similar repeal by a vote of 41 to 12. "Now 
trot out your White House thunderbolt" seems to be the slogan 
of the toga wearers. As the war is over what's the use of hav- 
ing the clocks make a liar of the sun or vice versa. 

Frank Jordan, our California Secretary of State, has 

been telling them in New York that when the prohibition ques- 
tion comes before us next November in this State 150.000 
voters will repudiate the action of the dry Legislature at Sac- 
ramento and vote sensibly in favor of wine growing. Frank's 
estimate of majority is about fifty per cent too low. 

If the municipality wasn't flat busted, what a joy the 

city thertre in the Civic Center would be to all of us. Super- 
visor Emmett Hayden would, of course, be manager with more 
janitors to fight than he now has in the Municipal Auditorium. 
Andy Gallagher could play heavy leads, and Joe Mulvihill first 
juvenile. An egg store to supply the audience would be use- 
ful and profitable. 

Are we to have an unseemly WTangle over the transpor- 
tation of the remains of fallen American soldiers from France 
to the United States? The French Government says it should 
not be done as France has had enough of funerals and signs of 
woe. Also the removals might cause sickness. The cynics say 
that great cemeteries of American soldiers in France would 
stimulate the tourist travel. 



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The sight of wounded soldiers on our 
streets is already a familiar one. It 
will never become a pleasant one. Now 
that the martial enthusiasm that fired our nation has subsided, 
we are beginning to count the costs of war. They are serious. 
Not in the money which has been spent. That can be replaced. 
Our nation teems with prosperity. Its natural richness is be- 
yond computation. We make money so fast that the financial 
effects of a war do not deter us. 

But what of the loss of life and the army of the injured? 
We cannot give them back the limbs they have lost and the in- 
estimable treasure of robust health they took with them to the 
battle, and perhaps can never again regain. 

No doubt if we had to make war again we would not shirk 
the task, but we would begin it with a clearer idea of our re- 
sponsibilities to those who march away to make the supreme 
sacrifice, if needs be, and to the maimed survivors that return 
less fit for the struggle of life. 

Seeing so many veterans of the late conflict hobbling on our 
streets, it is brought home to us that no small part of the wages 
of war is public forgetfulness and ingratitude. We are all too 
self-centered on our own schemes of existence to pay a great 
deal of attention to the returned soldier. Already we hardly 
turn our heads as he arrives. 
We have ceased to cheer and 
wave flags, and pay homage to 
him on the steps of the City Hall. 
We do not stop to inquire how it 
fares with the veteran, when we 
glimpse him, one-armed, per- 
haps, or minus a leg. perusing 
the list of "Help Wanted." What 
advantage is it to him that the 
harvest fields are short of glean- 
ers and the shops crying for 
skilled and unskilled labor. The 
field for the maimed and the 
blind is very small. Vocational 
training cannot enlarge it to meet 
a tithe of the requirements. A'.l 
the humane organizations that 
may be planned to restore the 
wounded soldier to his old sphere 
of happiness and usefulness can 
be but partially successful. 

Our forefathers learned as well 
as we that the wages of war are 
poor recompense for those who 
receive them. There were sights 
after the great Civil. War com- 
parable with those that now dis- 
tress the sensitive. People de- 
cried the argument of the sword as the wrong method of set- 
tling national problems. But one generation forgets the lessons 
of experience learned by its predecessor. When the cry "to 
arms" for the last and greatest of wars was heard the youth of 
the nation flocked to the colors. The next generation may do 
the same. The American people, in common with all mankind, 
is prone to forget the memorable declaration of that great citi- 
zen. Benjamin Franklin. "There never was a good war or a 
bad peace." 



Island Ferry sent a delegation to Mayor Hyland to demand 
arbitration and non-interference of the police strikebreakers. 

"Are you or are you not willing to arbitrate?" demanded the 
spokesman. 

"There is no arbitration here." replied the Mayor. "You 
struck without giving the city any warning." 

He is reported to have added that if the men struck again 
they would not be taken back into the city's service. Suddenly 
quitting work and inconveniencing the public would not do, he 
declared. 

All of which sounds very well, but is so far removed from 
practical and effective politics that it will not be likely to have 
much or a lasting effect. Mayors are elected by the popular 
vote. The political machine has no use of a chief magistrate 
who desires to avoid favoritism and execute the laws. 

If the great middle class which is now ground between big 
business and the exactions of labor organizations would take 
an intelligent interest in politics, and go to the polls on election 
day there might be some improvement. Perhaps before long, 
with the rising costs of existence and the impossibility of mak- 
ing fixed salaries of small figures which meet expenses, the 
middle-class will be forced into organized action. 



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The Wages of War 



An Outspoken Mayor. 



Stoking on ferry boats is the latest 
duty assigned to New York police- 
men. How would the force in San 
Francisco feel if its duties were diversified by work calculated 
to discourage strikes? At this distance from New York it is 
not entirely safe to judge Mayor Hylan of Gotham, by the 
newspaper reports of his attitude on industrial problems. He 
does not seem to shake in his boots when a delegation of dis- 
satisfied workers calls at his office. 
The striking water-tenders, oilers and stokers on the Staten 



According to the 
Edge of the telegraphic re- 
Precipice. ports, British 

troops with bay- 
onets have been charging Liver- 
pool rioters. That is an instruc- 
tive example of the workings of 
an "enlightened Democracy." 
The Liberal party of England, 
which is now at grips with its 
labor constituents is theoretically 
the embodiment and highest de- 
velopment of human liberty. It 
cannot induce the rioters to listen 
to persuasive arguments of the 
tongue, nor coerce them with po- 
licemen's clubs, so it calls out 
the soldiers to bayonet and shoot 
them down as "trouble makers." 
Carrying that form of civilized 
government to its logical conclu- 
sion, the non-rioters should next 
get busy with the bayonet on 
the professional politicians as 
they are the real trouble-makers 
in Great Britain. 

Anybody with an ounce of 
brains would have known that 
the English Liberal party would 
find itself forced to use martial law against the constituents it 
has been misleading. The Liberal statesmen of England, since 
the days of Gladstone, have been preaching discontent to the 
workers, and fomenting civil war by denouncing employers and 
all that appertains to the possession of capital. 

Such political pabulum as Lloyd George, et al., have been 
feeding to the proletariat, only increases the popular appetite 
for impossible concessions. The masses are always willing to 
be deluded by the specious argument that the world owes 
every man a living and he should get it without the sweat of 
his brow. 

As a matter of scientific fact, the world owes no animated 
thing on this globe of ours a living. Every form of life has 
to hustle or starve. Man is no exception. Like the birds and 
the beasts he draws his subsistence from the ground. He may 
camouflage his hustle under the title of commerce and trade 
and industry, but whatever his role the only sure method of 
maintaining a home and avoiding an empty stomach is to work 
hard. 
How much better for mankind if Liberal statesmen and all 



August 9, 1919 



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other kinds, preached contentment and the advantages of use- 
ful industry to their constituents. Of course that might rele- 
gate the statesmen to running grocery stores and peanut stands 
instead of national affairs but civilization would be the gainer. 
We might have some chance of advance, whereas now we often 
slip back two steps for every one we take ahead. 

The sanguinary conflict of the English workers with Lloyd 
George's opportunist cabinet serves notice that the government 
has reached the limit of its popular deception and intends to 
stand firm on the edge of the precipice for which it has been 
heading. There may be an awful crash. 



The halt that has been called in the pro- 
Kaiser's Escape, posed trial of the Kaiser is charged to 
America. It would complicate matters here 
the European statesmen say. Over in England people talk in 
a different strain. Horatio Bottomley editor of the popular 
London weekly, John Bull, and member of the House of Com- 
mons, declares that trial of the Kaiser would imperil the Eng- 
lish throne. England has troubles enough without that climax, 
Bottomley says, and Lloyd George is no longer expending ora- 
tory on the seizure of William II, and his incarceration in the 
Tower of London. So the United States is made the goat. 

In agile political acrobatics those European statesmen can't 
be approached, much less beaten. 

Premier George is afraid that if the Kaiser were placed on 
trial, the English radicals who wish for anarchy would begin 
to rake up the German affiliations of their royalty and the 
whole fabric of British Government might be torn to flitters. 

The Kaiser is the grandson of the late Queen Victoria of 
England, by her daughter Victoria, who in 1858 married the 
oldest son of Emperor William I, the conqueror of the French 
in 1870. 

At the funeral ceremonies over Queen Victoria it was the 
Kaiser who laid on the catafalque of his dead grandmother 
the wreath sent by the German people. 

Queen Victoria, herself, acquired her royal title by her Ger- 
man descent. She was the only child of the Duke of Kent, 
fourth son of King George III. All the English Georges were 
German. George I was not only king of England but a' so 
Duke of Hanover. He could not speak English and did not 
care much to do so. He was thoroughly Teutonic. 

His claim on the throne of England came from his mother 
Sophia, granddaughter of James I, of England, who was the 
son of Mary, Queen of Scots. 

By a queer turn of Fate this English princess, who married 
a German duke became the next protestant heir to the throne 
of England to succeed Queen Anne. She died three months be- 
fore Anne, who passed away in 1714. Duke George of Han- 
over at once ascended the vacant throne of Great Britain and 
Ireland. He was then 54 years old. His descendants have 
since been the royal heads of the British empire. 

This Hanovarian duke, who so strangely became king of a 
nation, the language of which he did not speak and the customs 
of which he detested, never overcame his German prejudices. 
He would have liked to live in Hanover and rule England from 
that distance, but had to reside amongst his British subjects. 

He scandalized them by his harem, which was then consid- 
ered a proper privilege of German royalty. Whenever possible 
he gave his English subjects the slip and went back to Han- 
over to enjoy himself. After ruling England for thirteen years 
he was seized by a fatal sickness and hurried towards Hanover 
to breathe his last at the place of his birth. Death rode faster 
than the royal stage and the unacclimated English monarch 
died in his carriage. His only son. George II, who like his 
ducal father was bom and remained a German, ascended the 
British throne in 1727. 

Not till the accession of George IV in 1762. did the English 
people have a king who in birth, training and sentiments could 
be called British. 

The reopening of this chapter of English history by the 
Kaiser's trial, is not earnestly desired by royalty or the British 
peerage at this critical stage of political ferment. 



the railroad men have started it at Washington in asking the 
socialization of railroads. 

The statement of the railroad men to the public proves theo- 
retically, that public ownership of railroads with the employees 
having their say in proportion to numbers, will be a national 
boon and a guarantee of economy and efficiency. 

Theories are generally beautiful. It is easy to take an idea 
and put words around it. But cold hard practice does not al- 
ways fit theory. 

All the iridescent predictions of what socialism will do to 
make the railroads of the United States an ideal organization, 
conducted only for the public good, exclude the possibility of 
politics upsetting the plans and "making confusion worse con- 
founded." 

Who shall muzzle the demagogues after the railroads are na- 
tionalized and there is another army of civil service employees 
to increase the clamor for higher salaries? 

The present Government has been losing about a million a 
day in running the railroads. If that loss is to be taken as a 
good example of public ownership heaven help the taxpayers 
when the railroads are turned over to the Socialists. 



The latest demand of the organ- 
Legalizing Confiscation, ized railroad workers is unlike 

anything hitherto presented. It is 
admitted by the workers that every raise of wages they have 
been given, has helped to establish a corresponding increase 
of living expenses. Raises of wages, they say, are only tem- 
porary expedients. 

The permanent relief of the railroad workers, they declare, 
can only be accomplished by making them partners in the earn- 
ings of the roads. They quote the words of President Wilson 
as expressing the merits of their demand: "Co-operation and 
partnership based upon the real community of interest and 
participation in control." 

The plain English of the demand is that the railroad work- 
ers want outright socialism with governmental seizure of every 
industry which employs labor. 

Such a frank admission by the railroad men. is the appro- 
priate sequel to national prohibition with its shameless and 
utter disregard for the property rights of the citizens whom it 
has ruined. 

Many outspoken and influential newspapers have declared, 
that the destruction of the California vineyards is unparalleled 
in the legislation of civilized nations. The New York World 
said that "in no other civilized country would a law so griev- 
ously detrimental to an established industry be promulgated 
without at least providing adequate compensation to those ef- 
fected by it." 

If the vineyards of California can be practically confiscated 
under the plea of public good, no property or industry in the 
United States is safe. 

That the psychological hour has arrived for a general attack 
on the principle of private ownership under the guise of na- 
tional advancement the organized railroad workers are evi- 
dently convinced. 



General Freiderich Bernhardi predicts that 
The Next War. the next great war will be between the 

United States and England over the world's 
trade. The next great war will be Labor vs. Government, and 



The newspapers and the politicians seem 
The Bomb Habit, to be worrying as to why Prosecutor Law- 
lor's house at Los Angeles was bombed. 
The important point is not why any individual was blown up, 
but why the practice of blasting people into eternity seems to 
be growing more popular. It isn't of American origin. Russia 
has the original copyright on it. Years of practice in Russia 
by dissatisfied patriots, bent on blowing up their Czar, has 
made the Muscovites the most artistic bomb-flingers on earth. 

Every law-abiding American feels like reaching for a rope, 
when he reads of some fresh attempt at assassination by a 
dynamite blast Instinctively, his suspicions turn towards un- 
desirable aliens and Bolsheviks in general. No doubt these 
undes'rables would be better out of the United States than in it. 

At the same time it is well to pause a moment and ask our- 
selves, if governmental powers that be have exerted their great 
authority in a way best calculated to produce quiet and con- 
tent? Have the United States prosecutions in San Francisco 
been all as cool and calm admirably judicial as every good 
American would wish? 



San Francisco News Letter 



August 9, 1919 



Easy Money Days 



The publicity given the divorce suit of Mrs. Georgia Grayson 
Ralston against William C. Ralston, one of the best known 
members of a famous California family has set the tongues of 
the old-timers on the stock market wagging. 

The name of Ralston looms large in the history of mining 
stock speculation in San Francisco. The late Wm. C. Ralston, 
father of present-bearer of the name, was one of the financial 
barons of the early "seventies," who ruled the stock market. 
He controlled the great Bank of California which the pioneer 
stockbrokers believed to be as sound as the Bank of England. 
It was a catastrophic blow to the stock market when on August 
26, 1875, the Bank of California suddenly suspended payments 
and closed its doors. 

Next day the astonished city learned that President Ralston 
was dead. The directors of the suspended bank had met and de- 
posed the financial magnate. One of the directors stepped from 
the board-room to the counter where Ralston was looking over 
the paying teller's figures and told him that he would be super- 
seded by William Sharon, afterwards United States Senator. 
That was 3 o'clock. The deposed dictator of the stock market 
spoke a few words of farewell to his clerks, and left the bank 
by the side door on Sansome Street. An excited crowd was 
blocking the street at the front of the building. 

At 3:30 o'clock Ralston appeared at the North Beach bath 
house, from which he habitually swam in the open bay. He 
donned his suit as usual, spoke a few words to the attendants 
and breasted the waves. Far out in the tide some one noticed 
the famous banker floating inert, and when they brought him 
ashore he was dead. 

His damp body, wrapped hurriedly in a blanket was carried 
to his mansion on California Street and laid on a couch while 
leading brokers and financiers thronged into the house of mourn- 
ing and many of them found it hard to hide their tears of sor- 
row and apprehension. Fortunes were tottering in the banking 
crisis caused by the sudden death of the financier of the Pacific 
Coast. Reputed millionaires feared that the morrow might 
find them at the gates of the poor house. 

Wm. C. Ralston was the Cecil Rhodes of California. No 
enterprise was too large to daunt him. He poured millions into 
the channels of industry and speculation and handled the re- 
sources of his great bank as if it were criminal to allow money 
to lie idle. 

Amongst the projects Ralston planned or aided were : build- 
ing of the Grand and the Palace Hotels, construction of the 
Hunters Point Dry Dock, the Mission Woolen Mills, West 
Coast Furniture Company, San Joaquin Irrigating Canal. San 
Francisco Sugar Refinery. He had started a watch factory, 
opened New Montgomery Street, and aided shipbuilding. He 
believed that San Francisco would develop an immense Pa- 
cific Ocean commerce. Anybody with a good idea and an air of 
enterprise could hope for his assistance and be sure of at least 
a hearing. He was the patron of the California Theatre, famous 
for its stock company. 

It was Ralston who made a millionaire of Jim Keene who 
began on a small scale as a broker in San Francisco before 
he went to Wall Street. The seat he occupied in the Stock 
Exchange was lent him by Charles N. Felton who afterwards 
became United States Senator. 

Foreseeing a rising market Keene sought aid from Ralston. 
The latter knew Keene. only as an operator who was beginning 
to be known as one of the shrewdest on the street. 

"All right Jim," he said, after hearing Keene's appeal. "How 
much credit do you want?" 

"I don't exactly know," answered the future Wall Street 
magnate, "but I'd like to begin buying at once." 

"Go ahead. We'll tell you when to stop." 

Keene drew checks amounting to $1,500,000 before he was 
notified to halt. In three years the struggling broker was rated 
at, as worth five millions, and started for Wall Street where 
he became a famous figure. 1 

It has never been satisfactorily decided why the Bank ofi 



California so suddenly collapsed under Ralston, and as almost 
unexpectedly reopened its doors six weeks later, and paid 
everybody dollar for dollar. 

Ralston being dead an attempt was made to saddle on him 
the entire blame of the temporary suspension. His reckless 
methods had impaired the capital of the bank between four 
and five millions, it was said. 

There was an undercurrent of public suspicion however, that if 
the "bank crowd," as Ralston's financial clique was called, had 
stood loyally by the leader the California Bank could have 
been tided over any troubles caused by the shrinkage of stocks 
on which it had made loans. It was a period of national panic 
and the Bank of California was engaged in a bitter struggle 
with the powerful Bonanza mining firm, Flood, Mackay and 
O'Brien for the mastery of the California mining market. Flood 
and his partners desired to establish a bank of their own that 
would rival the Bank of California. They succeeded in found- 
ing the Nevada Bank and after the death of Ralston became 
the ruling power in the San Francisco stock market. 

James C. Flood the most active member of the Bonanza firm, 
if not the actual head in every respect, directed the operations 
of the stock market. He made as many fortunes for his friends 
as did Ralston. In those days of sudden stock fluctuations and 
high prices, it was a sure road to fortune to have the confidence 
of a large operator. The fortunes of some of the San Fran- 
cisco families that have figured in society and business for 
many years were acquired by Flood's friendship. 

Money rolled in so fast to the heads of the Bonanza firm, that 
they could not take it all in. The overflow, which was left to 
favored ones to pick up was more than enough to make them 
all affluent. Broker J. W. Brown, was one of the lucky men. 

On one occasion Flood told Brown that Consolidated Vir- 
ginia, which was then selling at $280 a share would break back 
to $210. but would react and Brown had better pick up some of 
it on his own account. Brown took advantage of the tip and 
b°.gan to operate in Consolidated Virginia. He sold 5000 shares 
short at $270 a share and as the market broke he filled his or- 
ders at $220 a share. He thus, in a few days, cleaned up 
$250,000. That was too small an amount for the big men of 
the Bonanza firm to bother their heads about. 

The late "Lucky" Baldwin was one of the noted figures in 
the stock market in the days of the older Ralston and James C. 
Flood. Baldwin had a million dollars in the old Bank of Cali- 
fornia the day it suspended so unexpectedly in 1875. He agreed 
to leave $750,000 in the bank, if one of his relatives was al- 
lowed to draw out $250,000. That was done and the three- 
quarters of a million of Lucky's coin helped to float the bank 
on smoother waters at the end of six weeks. Such incidents 
as that caused people on the street to say that the California 
Bank need never have closed its doors, had the Ralston com- 
bination been absolutely loyal and harmonious. 

Baldwin made his first money in the construction of Fort Win- 
field Scott at Fort Point. He had the brick contract. He went 
into stocks and lost everything. Then he changed his residence 
to Virginia City where the Comstock Lode was producing rich 
ore and his fortune began to change. He became interested in 
Ophir and cleaned up a fortune. Then he bought Consolidated 
Virginia at $30 a share and sold out at $700 a share. That 
was more of good judgment than good luck. 

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The contract for the building of the 
Hetch Hetchy dam has been let to the Utah 
Construction Company of San Francisco 
and Ogden, for a figure which reaches al- 
most five-and-a-half-million dollars. 

I have seen nothing in the newspapers re- 
garding this being about a million-and-a- 
half over City Engineer O'Shaughnessy's 
estimate of the cost of building the dam. 
O'Shaughnessy is a fine engineer and has 
enough clever subordinates, drawing good 
salaries, to figure out exactly what the city should pay for 
the work. No doubt they did it, but engineering is one thing 
and politics is another. 

One reason why the cost of Hetch Hetchy dam is to be so 
high, is that the contractors have to take bonds for their work. 
There is no money in the city treasury, and there is no likeli- 
hood that there will be any. From now on it is going to be low 
tide at Treasurer John McDougald's department. He has not 
been able to sell any Hetch Hetchy bonds for months to the 
public or general bondbuyers. One or two of the banks may 
have patriotically helped out during the last few days, but that 
means nothing. The bonds they took mature next year, and 
the city has to redeem them if everybody's property has to be 
hocked. 

Naturally any sensible contractor, taking a large city job 
now, when the prospects of his being paid promptly in cash are 
so blue, would add considerably to his bid. I don't know what 
the Utah Construction Company has done, but I hear that some 
of the new members are well posted on public work and are 
very shrewd men. 

There isn't anything improper in a contractor's adding on to 
his bid when the party he is contracting with is slow pay. That 
proceeding is the regular thing in trade and a business man 
would be considered slow if he adopted a different policy. 

What is bothering us taxpayers about all this Hetch Hetchy 
financiering is where the money will come from to buy out 
Spring Valley? That Company sits back contentedly, being 
dead sure that one of these fine days a big sack of city coin 
will have to be dropped into its lap. Engineers say so. Hetch 
Hetchy is primarily a power scheme to produce electric cur- 
rent. The city is committed to the public ownership fad. Some 
of our most advanced faddists want the city to embark in every 
line, from municipal railroads to running cigar stands. 

Where will the taxpayers get off if the city's policy of pub- 
lic ownership be developed to the limit and the radical re- 
formers — progressives they call themselves — are allowed to 
work their sweet wills? 

Remember that every city enterprise lessens the amount of 
taxable property. We soak the United Railroads, for instance, 
but we get nothing from the Municipal Railway except the 
"profits." You know how big these "profits" will be with the 
employees getting raises of salary in advance of every muni- 
cipal election. 

When you take out of the taxable property list, all the city's 
municipil interests, and have no saloon licenses to collect who 
is going to be squeezed for the money to pay the municipal run- 
ning expenses? Ordinarily the answer would be "The prop- 
erty owners will be the goats. They will pay." 

That answer will have to be modified for the next few years. 
The tenant population of San Francisco who occupy houses 
and apartments and stores, will pay the taxes. The landlords 
taking advantage of the scarcity of buildings, which is sure to 
continue for some time, will keep on raising the rents. 

Let us not forget that after the earthquake the landlords be- 
came wolfish. They were moderate at first, but soon profiteered 
to the full extent of their opportunity. The rapid rebuilding 
of the city stopped them then. It will not stop them this year. 
The building industry is practically dead. The cost of labor 
and of materials is considered prohibitive by most property 
owners. They will postpone building until the inflation of rents 
tempts them. 



The continuous increase of rents will bring it home to the 
tenants in San Francisco that in the long run it is the consumer 
who pays. Hitherto there has been overbuilding of the city. 
Houses of undesirable construction have been a drug on the 
market. Every property owner was anxious to improve his 
property. Landlords held on with grips of steel, figuratively 
speaking, to good tenants and reluctantly let bad ones go. 

But with the scarcity of houses the landlord has become a 
Shylock demanding his pound of flesh. He tells the tenant of 
the raise in his taxes and the extortionate demands of the 
plumber and the painter and all the other building trades me- 
chanics. He winds up by informing the unlucky tenant that 
his rent will receive another upward twist the very next month. 

So in the last analysis it is the tenant — the consumer — who is 
the goat. 

The many thousands of tenants in San Francisco are the 
ones who will pay for the building of the Hetch Hetchy dam, 
at increased cost. They will pay for the raises of wages for 
the municipal carmen, and the city hall janitors, and everybody 
else on the municipal payroll. 

The merchants who have given no attention to the mounting 
costs of city government will soon find that they wiil have to 
pay for licenses, sidewalk taxes, etc. They will be subjected 
to various expedients to make up for the great loss in liquor 
licenses. It will not help them much to add the cost of the 
licenses to their goods for the public will then buy less gjods. 
The buyers' purses are pretty well tapped already. 

The moral of the whole proceeding, as I see it, is that it pays 
a community to be thrifty and honest. It is not thrift or honest 
for one class of voters to saddle a loss of bonded debt on an- 
other class, thinking that it will squeeze the rich. Such moves 
may have a most unpleasant effect as in the present raise of 
taxes all over the United States which strikes the \v;ige-earners 
pocket. 

Be sure when you throw a brick at some other fellow that it 
doesn't work like a boomerang and knock yourself cut. 

JOHN GROUCH. 



Easy Money Days 

(Continued from Page i • 

When Baldwin sold out, they were saying in Virginia that 
Consolidated Virginia would reach $3500 a share. Many brok- 
ers and operators in San Francisco thought so. 

The late Chief of Police Crowley, who was then a broker in 
partnership with Joe Goodman, the former owner of the Vir- 
ginia Enterprise, could have cleaned up $350,000. He held on, 
expecting to make a half a million and lost everything. His part- 
ner, Goodman, could have pocketed three-quarters of a million, 
but wanted the full million. He too lost all. 

Baldwin's luck stood by him in the matter of his acquirement 
of \aluable land in Los Angeles. He took the land in 1875 in 
settlement of his claim of $40,000 against the Los Angeles bank- 
ing house of Workman and Temple, which had suspended. Los 
Angeles land was not worth much then. The railroad ran only 
as far as Bakorsfield. 

Baldwin had $40,000 on deposit with Workman and Temple 
when they failed and he reluctantly accepted in lieu of his coin, 
a large tract of land which the bank had acquired by foreclosure 
of mortgage. The land was the celebrated Santa Anita Ranch, 
which has since come into the market and 's worth a great sum. 
When Baldwin died, some years ago, he was generally supposed 
to be broke, but with the Santa Anita Ranch figured as part of 
his estate he was found to have left eleven millions. Garrett 
McEnemey, who was attorney for the widow, obtained a com- 
promise settlement for her amounting to several millions. By 
his advice one corner of the Santa Anita Ranch was sold to a 
Los Angeles syndicate for over a million. 



More important than the defining of European boun- 
daries is the defining of Japan's ambition to organize Asia and 
u e the big stick on the white man. So Hearst declares. It isn't 
new. More than a dozen years ago Burke Cochran as a mem- 
ber of the Congress Committee which visited the Philippines 
and Japan told San Francisco audiences the same thing in a 
slightly different way. "The white man has been using the big 
stick on the yellow man. He may get some of his own medi- 
cine when Japan organizes Asia." said the New York orator. 



San F 



rancisco 



News Letter 



August 9. 1919 





A. L. Briscoe of Maine, who is in town 
preparatory to seeing the Yosemite Val- 
ley, says that he is amused at the flurry 
prohibition has caused in California. In 
his own town of Bangor, all the differ- 
ence that prohibition made was that 
everybody squared up with the doctors. 
There isn't a back bill owing in Bangor 
today and very few in the whole State of 
Maine. As long as a Maine citizen stands 
well with his doctor, and the drug store 
can fill the "prescription,'' he has no fear 
of dying of thirst, no matter how long 
and severe the dry spell. Maine is.no 
green hand at sidestepping prohibition 
enactments. The State has always had 
enough alcohol for "medicinal purposes." 
The stock has been replenished so gen- 
erously in the last six months that the 
supply of available "joy juice" would 
float both the Pacific and Atlantic fleet, 
Mr. Briscoe states, and as to soft drink 
substitutes, there is a list the length of 
your arm and every one guaranteed to 

out-kick an army mule. 

* * * 

Round the Hall of Justice they are say- 
ing that the movies and the talking ma- 
chine makers missed a golden opportun- 
ity the other day, when Sam Shortridge 
and Police Judge Oppenheim started to 
swap compliments. "A Daniel come to 
judgment wise judge!" or words to that 
effect said the stately lawyer. "From the 
leader of the California bar this tribute 
is most gratifying. Praise from Sir Hu- 
bert is praise indeed," quoth the learned 
Police Judge. The funny thing about it, 
the listeners say, was that Sam and the 
judge were both as swelled up over the 
exchange of guff as if they hadn't been 
hamming each other. 

* * * 

William Randolph Hearst is around 
the streets this week. He has got to be 
as big as Jess Williard and looks husky 
enough to win the belt. He can't be 
here worrying over his pet journalistic 
property for the Examiner is taking in 
the money by the truckload. The sup- 
position is that Woodrow telegraphed 
him from the White House to be sure and 
meet him on fleet day. He would feel 
so badly if William Randolph wasn't on 
hand to greet him. 

* * * 

A whiskered professor from Berkeley, 
told me this week it is settled that the 
State University is not to have a boy 
president. If Ralph P. Merritt had only 
grown one of those sassy little Charley 



Chaplin tufts on his upper lip or a chin 
whisker, he might have been seriously 
considered as the successor of Prexy 
Wheeler. But now there isn't a chance. 
The scout committee that went East to 
find a heavyweight president in the 
classic shades of Harvard or Yale have 
lassoed a real prize, the whiskered pro- 
fessor from Berkeley said. 

* * * 

I had a talk with Jim Woods, former 
manager of the St. Francis Hotel, who 
has returned from New York to arrange 
for extension of the hotel business of the 
syndicate with which he is connected. 
The flocking of Manager Woods' old 
friends to the St. Francis to greet him 
was a mass meeting. Everybody in the 
city, who is ace high in public affairs, 
was squeezing through the doors to grasp 
Jim's hand. He returned the thousand 
handshakes with equal cordiality. Jim 
is an artist at that line of effusive fellow- 
ship. It comes easy to him as he means 

it. 

* * * 

The syndicate which Jim Woods rep- 
resents, is contemplating a possible entry 
into the hotel business of Denver and 
Salt Lake City. It may build a hotel in 
Seattle as large as the St. Francis. In 
Europe some of the great hotel syndi- 
cates have strings of houses from Russia 
to England. It is thought that the tour- 
ist travel on the Pacific Coast is only be- 
ginning, and will grow to be an immense 
source of profit to the leading hotels. No- 
body can make a more intelligent survey 
of the field than Jim Woods. 

* * * 

Entertainments galore have been 
planned for Jim Woods during his brief 
stay here. After making the round of 
places worth revisiting, he admitted that 
he was astonished how well San Fran- 
cisco is keeping up its spirit with none 
on sale. New York has nothing better 
in the hotel-amusement line, he said, 
than the Palace dansant. Rainbow Lane 
at the Fairmont, and the St. Francis Gar- 
den Room and Oval Room dansant. He 
will have to hurry back to Gotham, but is 
not enthusiastic about bidding his many 
friends farewell. He went down to Los 
Angeles on Tuesday to stay a day or two 
on business. 

* * * 

Al Daggett, the notary, told me yester- 
day that he had a letter from one of the 
constituents of United States Senator 
Borah, which brought news of Hiram 
Johnson's canvass for the Presidency. 
Senator Borah is described as enthusias- 
tic for the California's favorite son. In 
the Middle West, the Johnson canvass is 
said to be making better headway than 
the California aspirant had dared to hope 
for. It is a little too soon to place any 



bets on the fight for President. Between 
now and November 1920 lots of things 
can happen. 

Sun-browned to a rich chocolate by the 
Santa Cruz sunshine, Percy Henderson, 
former State Senator and Police Com- 
missioner, was in town for a day. He 
ran up in his new Pierce Arrow, and was 
to go back in time for the family dinner. 
The Hendersons have taken a large 
house in the most fashionable and pictur- 
esque section of Santa Cruz for three 
months. They have been entertaining 
city friends and several of their New 
York ones, who were delighted with the 
salmon fishing in Monterey Bay. Land- 
ing a thirty pound salmon amazes the 
Easterners as the best they can catch 
within fifty miles of Gotham, is a little 
pogy or flounder. Mrs. Henderson is as 
keen on salmon fishing as her husband, 
who holds the Santa Cruz record for the 
royal sport — forty salmon before lunch 

and all taken on a nine ounce rod. 

* * * 

I met George Douglas the other day 
packing his "Bits for Breakfast" over to 
the Bulletin office. George's bits in the 
Chronicle were not always fresh and ap- 
petizing. It isn't possible to be a day-by- 
day humorist and bard and beat the rec- 
ord of Mark Twain and Longfellow. 
George did the best he knew how and it 
was far from discreditable. His editorial 
work on the Chronicle, under the eagle 
eye of John P. Young, was first-class, and 
his book reviews, as literary editor, was 
unexcelled by any daily in America. 
George Douglas is an acquisition to any 

newspaper looking for versatile talent. 

* * * 

Colonel Thornwell Mullally almost cut 
Mayor Rolph out of all the newspaper 
pictures, taken at the great reception of 
General Liggett on Wednesday. Down 
around the ferry, they were asking one 
another if Thornwell intends to get in 
and complicate the Mayor fight at the 
coming election. The Chronicle photo- 
grapher played a dirty trick on our Jim 
by waiting till he got Thornwell and Gen- 
eral Liggett in the foreground, side by 
side, and the Mayor in the rear, when he 
pulled the trigger. The Examiner's snap- 
shotter gave Colonel Mullally a shade 
the best of it but still let the Mayor have 
a show. 

Several machines and horse-drawn 
wagons, got into a hopeless tangle the 
other day in one of the narrow streets 
south of Market Street. A New Yorker 
who was looking on, suggested that San 
Francisco could avoid such mix-ups if it 
would follow the example of Eastern 
cities and establish one-way traffic rules 
in all narrow thoroughfares. On small 
streets, south of Market Street, vehicles 
could be compelled to travel on'.y from 
East to West, and North on Market 
Street from West to East. By this simple 
arrangement vehicles would be prevent- 
ed from coming into collision and being 
forced to draw up on the sidewalks, thus 
breaking them and causing expense to 
the property owners. The suggestion is 
herewith submitted to the Board of Su- 
pervisors and Chief of Police White. 



August 9, 1919 



and California Advertiser 



SOCIETY 



IIIillilliiSIIIIIIIIIIHI 



Hotaling Family History. 

The court war which Mrs. Lavina Hotaling has begun against 
her son, "Dick" Hotaling, has opened a whole locker of an- 
ecdotes and memories and the smart set is reviewing the his- 
tory of the Hotaling family. 

The family fortune was built up on a beverage which is now 
chiefly hidden away in cellars and no longer pays taxes. Be- 
fore that epochal change took place the Hotaling estate was 
out of the wholesale liquor business and had embarked in a 
certified milk venture as one of its side lines. 

There was a time about twenty years ago when "Dick" Hot- 
aling was considered one of the gilt-edge eligibles of the smart 
set and designing matchmakers tried as diligently to get the 
hooks on him as an ardent but unskilled fisherman casts the 
fly at the contented trout — and much the same result. 
© © © 

It must not be construed from the past tense which envelops 
Mr. Dick Hotaling's eligibility that his stock went down in the 
matrimonial market because he switched from the production 
of ardent spirits to the milky way. Debutantes and belles are 
not so finicky as that. The fact is merely that as the years 
v/ent swinging their way down the calendar and Richard show- 
ed a hardening of the affections rather than a renewed inter- 
est in the fair sex, he was given up by the most indurated op- 
timist as a confirmed bachelor and the matchmakers pulled in 
their lines. 

Then there came a surprising day when those who have 
such a good "nose" for romance that they might put the ferret- 
ing out of such affairs down as a nasal accomplishment, began 
to smell the fragrance of a real novelty. Sleepy Hol'.ow ranch 
has always been famous for its week-end parties and thither 
came not only those who owed their social position to birth or 
to bank certificate but those who received their passports by 
virtue of those major talents which are written down in the 
books of Art and Letters. 

© © © 

Blanche Bates, who had returned to her home city, after a 
triumphant season in New York in the Belasco production of 
"The Darling of the Gods," was a welcome guest amongst 
those at the ranch. Cautious social prophets began to whisper 
predictions of orange blossoms. An engagement announcement 
was not unexpected at the magnificent Oriental dinner that 
Hotaling gave at the Bohemian Club as a farewell for Miss 
Bates. Everyone was ready to wear his best "I-told-you-so" 
expression when Hotaling arose to make the first toast of the 
evening and said that it had been whispered in print and rolled 
over the tongue that this was to be an announcement party, and 
that the guests would not be disappointed. There was a clamor 
of congratulation which had to be parted in the middle before 
he could go on to say that Miss Bates had entrusted him with 
the "announcement." that she was going back to New York 
to rehearse a new Belasco play which he knew would be greater 
than her first success if that were possible. 

Whereupon Miss Bates and Hotaling wore their best "I-told- 
you-so" expressions, and the guests looked blank. 

Since that romance refused to perform according to predic- 
tion, the matchmaking gossips have given themse'.ves no con- 
cern over "Dick" Hotaling's heart affairs. His real love, out- 
side of business, is the stage and he is unique in the annals of 
the wealthy in that for a number of years he took his summer 
vacation by hiring a theatre in Oakland and playing Shake- 
sperean roles with a company gathered for the occasion. 

8 8 ■'• 
Smart Set Divided. 

Society is pretty evenly divided in its opinion as to how the 
case now before the courts ought to terminate — which, of 
course, is of no concern to judicial opinion. The revelations of 
Mrs. Hotaling's generosity to her intimate friends may sur- 
prise the general public but they are not surprising to those 



who have always known her benefactions to friends less bless- 
ed with worldly goods than she herself possessed. Unlike 
many people who only give to institutions so that they may get 
due credit in publicity, and unlike those who serve on various 
charitable boards and earn their passage by writing large 
checks, Mrs. Hotaling has never gone in for that sort of thing 
but has always kept the open purse string for her friends. 

Since Mrs. Hotaling's generosity has been the subject of 
newspaper comment in connection with the trial, she has had 
her mail freighted with letters from all sorts of cranks asking 
her financial indulgence. Some of them come from shop girls 
who apparently fancy that she is willing to buy a home and give 
ten thousand dollars to any girl who will give up working and 
stay at home and take care of a mother. The newspaper ac- 
counts of the testimony at the trial, in relation to this endow- 
ment, failed to state that the girl that was thus endowed by 
Mrs. Hotaling was the daughter of an old friend. The impres- 
sion given was that Mrs. Hotaling just went around the shops 
and whenever a girl waited on her intelligently and capably she 
handed her a bond, or bought her a home, or endowed her for 
life, or something equally desirable. Wherefore the willing 
aspirants who have taken pen in hand to notify her that they 
are willing to square their shoulders over the counter any time 
that she feels like coming along to shower them with her 
largesse. 

8 B 8 

Fade-Out of German Nobleman. 

The German nobleman, who stalks the hinterland of the 
Hotaling trial, and it is claimed was responsible for Mrs. Hot- 
aling's gifts to her son, "Dick," at one time was accepted by 
society as the fiance of Anson Hotaling's widow — but evidently 
was never accepted by the lady herself. He did a fade-out long 
before the war put a dent in the stock of the Junker class of 
Germany. Mrs. Ella Hotaling is standing by Dick in the pres- 
ent controversy and accompanies him to court and sits at his 
side. "Dick" Hotaling has announced that he considers the 
children of his brother. Anson, the rightful heirs of the part 
of the estate he holds and will leave it to them in his will. So 
Jane Swinnerton and young George Hotaling will not have to 
worry about what Uncle "Dick" is going to do for them. 

8 *** 6 
Martin Family Uninformed About Mrs. Lily Martin. 

Apropos of German noblemen not a single member of the 
Martin family has had any corroboration or dispute of the press 
story that Mrs. Lily Oelrichs Martin has gone to Germany to 
marry the Duke who has long reigned in her favor. There is 
no doubt that she has gone to Germany for she so telegraphed 
here before she departed and the wires hummed with requests 
that she leave her son. Charles, behind and that he be allowed 
to visit his western relatives instead of being introduced to the 
German nobility. But the headstrong L : ly decreed otherwise, 
and they both set sail and not a word has been heard from them 
since. So she may still be wearing the combined initials of the 
Oelrichs-Martin clans and be going the more or less curtailed 
route of present-day Berlin frivolities under the tutelage of her 
gallant Duke. Or she may have promised to love, honor and 
obey him and have ordered morganatic initials embroidered into 
the Almanac de Goth. "Quien sabe?" as the early Califomians 
would say. and the later day ones certainly cannot answer this 
question. 

■ 8 

"Bill'' Lange Return 

The news that Bill Lange has married a San Francisco girl 
in New York and that they will shortly return to make their 
home here is wax to the heels of the dancing set as well as 
good news to their many friends. Bill Lange has been in 
France and it is many a day since he pushed his foot on the 
polished floor, but unquestionably his foot has not lost its cun- 
ning although his arm may have lost the swing that made him 
famous is baseball many years ago. 



San Francisco News Letter 



August 9, 1919 



I SOCIAL AND PERSONAL ITEMS I 



ENGAGEMENTS 

HERBERT-BMERICH. — An engagement which will be of interest in navy 
circles, announced last week, is that of Miss Marie Herbert, daughter 
..i Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Herbert of Yallejo. and Commander Roy Phil- 
lips Emerich, who is in command of the destroyer Kennison now at 
Mare Island. 

MAYER-HARTRAND. — The engagement lias been announced of Miss 
Babette Mayer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Mayer, ami William 
Mart rancl. 

POMEROY-GERTRIDGE. — Announcement has been made of the en- 
gagement of Miss Dorothy Pomeroy, daughter "t" Mrs. Eleanor Potne- 
roy, to Harry Gertridge of San Francisco. 

WALES-WILSON. — Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Wales have announced the 
engagement of their daughter, Anita Marie, to Stanley Vernon Wil- 
son. 

WITHINGTON-CHANDLEY.— Mr. and Mrs. Charles Warren Withing- 
ton annount e the engagement of their daughter. Carolyn Chandley. 
to Clarence Rassetto Hoffman. 

WEDDINGS 

CARR-KNIGHT. — Mrs. Marta D. Carr of Pasadena and Emerson Knight 
of San Francisco, were married on July 28th, at Carm<-l-l>y-thc-Sea. 

GIBBS -CHAMPION.— Miss Cora GIbbs was married on W< even- 

ing to Emmitt J. Champion of Henderson. N. C, Rev. W. H. Young 
officiating, 

JONES- PARKER.— Miss Lelia M. Jones of New York City and Edgar F. 
Parker of San Francisco wire married last Thursday. 

Li:\\TS-STRECKER.— Miss Effie May Lewis was married to Arnold A. 
St rocker Sunday morning by Rev. J. Abner Sage at bis home on 
Bush street. 

MIRES-FINLEY. — At a simple ceremony at the home of the bridegroom's 
parents. Miss Carey Mires of Texas became the bride of Frank s. 
Fin ley. 

SIMPSON- COGHLAN— At a simple wedding at the home of the bride's 
parents, Mrs. Florence Aitken Simpson became the bride of Walter 
Pierson Coghlan of New York, last week. 

SHARP- HUNTO ON.— The marriage of Miss Marie Sharp and Fred R. 
Hun toon was solemnized Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at the 
parsonage of the First Methodist Episcopal Church. 

SMITH- WARWICK. — Cards have been received announcing the mar- 
riage In Wichita Falls. Texas, on July 21, of Miss Alice Harrison 
Smith, daughter of Mrs. Harrison Smith of San Francisco, and Ed- 
ward E. Warwick of Canada. 

sri>l>l<;.\'-BoAIR. — Miss Catherine Gertrude Sudden and Harry Rubio 
Blair were married at Modesto on August 2d. 

TAl.MADGE-DETWILER.— The marriage took place in Philadelphia on 
August 1 of Miss Susan Talmadge to Dr. Samuel Randall Detwiler, 
an instructor in anatomy at Yale School of Medicine. 
LUNCHEONS. 

BODEN. — In honor of Miss Sue Alston McDonald and Miss Marry Frances 
Kih-r, Miss Penelope Boden entertained at luncheon at her home on 
Broderick street Tuesday afternoon. 

BUTTERS. — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Butters gave a luncheon party on Sun- 
day at their home in honor of Colonel and Mrs. Edward F. Holmes 
of Salt Lake City, who are at the Fairmont Hotel. 

CREEL. — Mrs. George Creel gave a luncheon at the Red Cross quarters 
at the Civic Center Thursday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Rupert I i 
Of New York. 

GOVE. — Mrs. Albert Rees, who is visiting in San Francisco until the 
arrival of her husband, Commander Albert Rees, was the hnm.r.d 
guest at a luncheon, over which Mrs. Charles Gove presided at the 
Pranclsca Club Monday afternoon. 

LANSDALE. — Mrs. Philip Lansdale, who is spending the Bummer with 
her sister, Mrs. George Pillsbury, in Montecito. gave a luncheon for 
Mrs. Harry Stetson of Burllngame on Thursday. 

MARTS, — Mrs*. George T. Mayre was hostess at a luncheon at the St. 
Francis Monday aften In honor of Mrs. Edward Beale. 

PAULSEN. — One of the attractive Luncheons given at the Palace hotel 
on Saturday afternoon was presided over by Mrs. Andrew Paulsen 
and was given for her mother, Mrs. Charles Doe of New York. 

WEILL. — Raphael Weill was guest of honor at a luncheon given on 
Thursday at the Hotel St. Francis by the Associated Charities in ap- 
preciation of his humanitarian efforts during the war. 

TEAS. 
HELM. — Monday Mrs. Frank Pinckney Helm had a tea in honor of Mrs. 

L. A. Dorrington, wile of Colonel Dorrlngton of Manila, who are the 

house guests of the Helm family. 
KNIGHT. — In honor of Dean J. Wilmer Gresham and Mrs. Gresham, 

Mrs. V. C. Knight entertained at b)a recently in Laurel Court at the 

Fairmont. 
MARTIN. — Mrs. Joseph Martin, Jr.. v is hostess at a tea at the Powell 

street home of her father-in-law, Joseph Martin, Si\, a few after- 
noons ago. 
PETTY.— A tea was given Tuesday afternoon by Mrs. James M. Petty at 

her home in the Presidio, In honor of Mrs. Walter n. Johnson. 
PIXLEY. — Mrs. Frank Pixley was hostess at a delightful tea at the St. 

Francis a few days ago, in honor of Mrs. ki>ss Rowel] of Washing- 
ton. 



DINNERS. 

CROCKER. — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Templeton Crocker gave a dinner 
party Thursday night in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ryan. 

DREYFUS.— Misa Louise Dreyfus, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles 
I >reyfus of Pittsburg, Pa., who are guests at the Fairmont, enter- 
tained a number of guests at dinner in Rainbow Lane on Sain 
evening. 

I ; LASS, — ' »n Wednesday night, Louis Glass was host at an elaborate 
dinner party at the Fairmont Hotel to celebrate his seventy-fourth 
birthday as well as the Sixteenth birthday of his niece, Miss Mary 
McDermott of Los Altos. 

GRANT. — Mr. and Mrs. Jusepb I '. Giant gave a diner party a few even- 
ings a^o in honor of Madison Grant Of New York. 

MARTIN, — .Mis. William Randolph Hearst was the honored guest at a 
dinner given Tuesday evening by Mrs. Eleanor Martin, at her home 
on Broadway. 

MORRIS.— Col. and Mis. Charles Stanton were the guests of honor at a 
dinner given on Friday at Die IJot-l <_'■•< il by Mis. William Franklin 
Morris. 

SUPPERS. 

i i n ; , i;ty.— Mrs. William B. Fogarty presided over a delightful buffet 
supper at her home on Green street. Sunday evening. The affair 
was in honor of Miss Louise Berry. 

WEEK-ENDS. 

( 'HA I 'MAX. — Mr, and Mrs. Charles Chapman passed the week-end at 
the w. k. He;irst ranch at Pleasanton. 

FORI'. — Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Ford have been at Burllngame over the 
week-end as the K"--sts of Mr. and Mrs. WiUani Chamberlain. 

TBVIS. — Gordon Tevis went to Lake Talioe, where he spent the week- 
end, 

ARRIVALS. 

BARNETT. — Judge and Mis. A. T. Barnett and their daughter, Miss 

Helen Bann 1 1, have returned from Broekway. Lake Tahoo. 
BEAN.— Mrs. Barton Bean, who has been Bast for a couple of months. 

turned to her home on California street. 
\'a x i'I'I I. — I'M win Booth of San Francisco, who has been the guest of 

his aunt, Mrs. Charles H. Hopkins, at Santa Barbara, has returned 

to the city. 
CAMPBELL. — Mrs. J. C. Campbell and her daughter, Miss Cert rude 

Campbell, have returned from an extended motor trip through the 

southern part of the State. 
CROCKETT. — Mrs. Joseph B. Crockett, who has been at Santa Barbara, 

has returned to her home. 
DURHAM.— Mrs. Charles Derbara and her daughter. Miss Mary Theresa 

Derham, arrived Saturday morning from Manila. 

i ' — Lieutenant Hanson Grubb has arrived from France, joining 

Mrs. Grubb at the family home on Jackson street 
HILL. — .Fentress Hill, who has been East for most of the summer on 

business, has i eturned. 

KN'K',1 IT. — Major and .Mrs. Samuel Knight are being welcomed home 

after an absence "' two years, while Knight was in Paris. 
MACOMBER. — Mrs, .1. H. Macomber and her son, Kirk Macomber. have 
come to town from their plaC4 al Paicenas and are guests at the St. 
Francis Hotel, 



ALCAZAR 



"Good Old Alcaiar! What Would 
We Do Without It?" — Argonaut 
THIS WEEK— "HERE COMES THE BRIDE" 

A Gay ami Piquant Frivolity 
WEEK COM. NEXT six. MAT., AUG. 1" 

THE NEW ALCAZAR COMPANY 

BELLE BENNETT— WALTER P. RICHARDSON 

in the Vivid, Vital, Emotional Drama 

"SINNERS" 

Aiiee Brady's New fork Playhouse Sensation 
SUN.. AUG. 17 — Wm. ii. Crime's Comedy Success 

"THE NEW HENRIETTA" 

in Which Mr. Richardson w;is Featured in Australia Before His 
Alcazar Engagement 
Every Evening Prices — 26c, 50c. 75c, $1.00. Matinees, Sun., 
Thurs., Sat.— 56c, 60c, 76c, 



Orpheum 



O'Karrell Street Between Stockton and Powell 
Phone Douglas 70 
'Week beginning THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON. MATINEE EVERY 

I 'A V 

THE CLIMAX OF VAUDEVILLE 
HARRY WATSON, Jr.. as "V.mni.' Kid Battling Dugan," and 

In tlic "Telepl Scene;" "PIANOVILLE," Featuring George ft. 

Reed and Glrla; STEVE JUHASZ "Bunkology;" FRANCES 

DOUGHERTY in "A Oharaiterlstie Melodie I >lvei .slim ;" Till.: 

ONLY CHINESE JAZZ J'.AN'i). Under the Leadership of Thomas 
B. Kennedy Chief Band Master United states Navy; CLARENCE 

OLIVER & GEORGE OLP. in HttKll Herbert's Comedietta "Dis- 
content;" Ml. I.I':. NADJB. That Girl; HEARST WEEKLY; 
"SMILING" HII. I. IE MASON ami ALICE FORREST, The T N T 
of Vaudeville. 

Evening Prices— 16c, 26i , 50c, 76c, Jl.oo. 

Matinee Prices (Except Saturdays, Sun, lays ami Holidays)— 
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and California Advertiser 



McNEAR. — Mr. and Mrs. Frederick McNear and Frederick, Jr., and Ed- 
ward McNear, who have been at Klamath Palls, have returned to 
their home in Menlo Park. 

5M23ULIE. — Mrs. Win. Smellte arrived last week from Australia, where 
she lias- been visiting for the past year, 

\Y \ RREN. — Dr. and Mrs. Harry Warren of Belmont returned the end 
of the week from a visit to Lake Tahoe. 

BARNETT. — Justice of the Peace A. T. Barnett, Mrs. Barnett and Miss 
Barnett have returned from Lake Tahoe after a month's vacation. 

PEIXOTTO. — Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Peixotto and their children have re- 
turned to their home in San Francisco after a month's visit to Santa 
Barbara. 

SPALDING. — Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Baker Spalding and their children ar- 
rived home tins' week from Lake Tahoe. 

DEPARTURES. 
I (E GUIGNE. — Christian de Guigne went East last week to meet his 

lather, who is on his way home from France, where he has been for 

the last year. 
HARRISON. — Miss Virginia Harrison, who has been the guest of Mr. 

and Mrs. Charles Templeton Crocker over the summer has gone to 

Seattle to join her father, Francis; Burton Harrison, governor of the 

Philippines, and Mrs. Harrison. 
K* iSTER. — Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Koster and four little daughters, 

of San FvanciBCO, have gone to Santa Barbara for a stay of several 

weeks. 
MAGNEE, — Miss Jenny Magner and her uncle, Joseph Magner, left Fri- 
day evening for Lake Tahoe. 
NEILSON. — Mrs. Joseph Leroy Neilson left for Coronado this week to 

meet her husband, Lieutenant Commander Neilson. 
I 'ETERSON. — Mrs. Martin Jonas Peterson left on Saturday for New 

York where she will greet Lieutenant Commander Peterson on his 

arrival on the Imperator. 

INTIMATIONS 
BAKER. — Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Baker and Miss Emma Baker are spend- 
ing the month in Yellowstone Park. 
CHILDS. — Mrs. E. H. Childs of Los Angeles, accompanied by her son, 

O. W. Childs, is at the Palace visiting her daughter. Mrs. John 

Dwight 
('HAMPTON.- Mrs. H. E. Crampton, wife of Dr. Crampton of Columbia 

University, who is now at Tahiti, is visiting her sister, Mrs. W. K. 

Jones, wife of Col. Jones, at the Presidio. 
CURTICE. — Mrs. Jessie M. Curtice and Miss Miriam Selby Curtice of 

Kansas City, are passing the summer in San Francisco. 
( ;.RVIN.— Mr, and Mrs. Richard Girvin will make their home at 1 >•■! 

Monte for the coming few weeks. 
FLINT. — Former Senator Frank S. Flint and Mrs. Flint have arrived at 

the Palace after a vacation stay at Tahoe. 
HALL. — Miss Lillian Hall, of Los Angeles, is the house guesl of Miss 

Julia Van Fleet. 
HERSPRING. — The Misses Josephine and Henrietta rlerepring of San 

Francisco, are visiting in Honolulu. 
MAR TIN. — Mrs. Walter Martin has gone to Del Monte, accompanied by 

her daughter, Miss Mary Martin, and the hitter's chum. Miss Edna 

Taylor. 
T'ENOYER. — Mr. and Mrs. Chauncev i 'enoyer have gone to Burllngame. 

where they now have the William Geer 1 1 itchcock home. 

SPENCER. — Mrs. H. McDonald Spencer of New York is- the gUOSl «>f her 

parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Josselyn, at Woodslde. 
ZEILE.— MlSGT Marion Zcile leaves in a few days for a months' sojourn 
at Santa Barbara as a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Talbot Walker. 



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Both the singers and the beverages have an abundance of 
life, sparkle and zest. The Show Girl Revue Corps has been 
completely reorganized and the new vocalists are all that the 
most exacting could demand. The wine list has also been com- 
pletely reorganized and the result is surprising to those dubious 
ones who saw no hope in the present situation. Cocktails, 
fizzes, highballs, punches, all the old names are there, and so 
cunningly are the new beverages concocted that the kick is not 
even coming from the kickers. Every evening, even Sunday, 
is now a dance evening and the favors are Kewpie Dolls for 
the ladies and large boxes of Melachrino cigarettes for the gen- 
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Cyril Maude, the English actor, says he's shy, very shy. 

but he's not so shy as his friend, Smith. Coming downtown on 
a trolley-car the other day Smith happened to sit next a woman 
with an extremely long hatpin in her hat. Every time the car 
jerked. Smith got a dig. As he was about to leave the car, he 
turned to the woman and said most apologetically, "Pardon me. 
madam, I'm so sorry it happened, but there's a drop of blood 
from my eye on your hatpin.'' — Everybody's. 



There are many garages in town and the motorist is 

often in a quandary as to where to go. especially for permanent 
service. There are very few who give you the quality of 
service of Dow & Green, in Taylor street, between O'Farrell 
and Geary. Here your car will receive something more than 
the "once over," and the prices are moderate. 



That attempt of a discharged instructor in chemistry at 

the University of California, to reduce the membership of the 
faculty with his pistol, is attributed to "craziness." He got 
only $500 a year, which would set anybody crazy. Then they 
fired him and he got murderously mad. 




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San Francisco News Letter 



August 9. 1919 



PLEASURE'S WAND 

"Obey No Wand But Pleasure's"— TOM MOORE 



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Good Vaudeville at Orpheum. 

There is no chance for the weary-minded to steal even "forty 
winks" at the Orpheum this week. For beginning with the 
Ch'nese Jazz Band, headliners on the bill, it is a lively and 
musical program to the very end. Thomas B. Kennedy, chief 
bandmaster, with five golden bars on his sleeve to show his 
service in the U. S. Navy, leads the twenty Chinese boys who 
do great credit to both him and themselves. Their program is 
v/ell chosen with a view to giving the public what it likes, and 
the "American Patrol"' and "Stars and Stripes Forever." are 
two old favorites that are well received. 

* * * 

An Oriental touch is achieved when eight of the band play 
an old Chinese Love Song on the Chinese instruments. These 
old instruments have a fascination of their own, as have the 
few weird bars of Chinese melody. The demand for jazz dance 
music is also met. and altogether these American born Chinese 
lads are well-trained and organized and are earning the praise 

they are receiving for their offering. 

* * * 

Sheila Terry in "Three's a Crowd," is welcomed back again 
though it is not many months since she made her bow over the 
footlights here. However, there is always a welcome for any- 
one as clever, versatile and charming as Miss Terry. 
Her costumes have an individuality that is very fetch- 
ing, and her assistants, Harry Peterson and Gattison 
Jones are very entertaining young men in their own 
right. The one's talents lie in his feet, and the other 
has a pleasing voice, and their act is presented with 
unusual finish as well as offering a variety of high class 

entertainment. 

* * « 

"Discontent," as presented by Clarence Oliver and 
Georgie Olp. is a little skit that delves into the alle- 
gorical for a change. Miss Olp, whose role is that of 
Station Agent, Telegrapher and Baggage Man at the 
little wayside station of "Discontent" is charming in 
looks and voice, as well as philosophical enough to 
show the erring young man, laden with "Trouble" the 
right road to "Content." It is an act that is done simply 

enough not to tax the gray matter of anyone. 

* * * 

Mile. Nadje's, chief exhibition is one of walking up 
and down a flight of stairs on her hands. The latter 
is undoubtedly difficult and she does it easily. As an 
introduction she essays a song that is indifferent and 
she closes with rapid whirling while suspended by her 
teeth. 

* * * 

The remaining portion of the bill is made up of hold- 
overs from last week. Miss Pastori has varied her pro- 
gram of songs and her popularity increases apparently 
every performance. Bob Murphy and Elmore White, 
although still singing that famous song to the cref.t of 
the bridegroom, have a lot of new stuff as well, notice- 
ably a song in which a crepe-draped bottle figures. 
Nelson and Chain are appearing in their same up- 
roarious act "Use Your Own Judgment," and the au- 
dience have not wearied of it. The musical comedy 
"The Reckless Eve," which we have already credited 

as being above par. closes the program. 

* * * 

"Here Comes the Bride,'' at Alcazar. 

San Francisco Motion Picture houses have flashed 
the comedy "Here Comes the Bride" in the screen — 
now the Alcazar Company is producing it on the legiti- 
mate, and it is interesting to note how much the play 
gains in the latter case, and particularly handled as 
these clever players do. Max Marcin and Roy Atwell. 
together wrote the farce, then the Barrymores made it 



famous in New York, and since it has cheered the jaded 
from one end of the country to the other. Henry Shumer, 
as is usual with the Alcazar Company, has staged and 
produced the play in this instance, and it is safe to say it has 
never been better done in these respects. The setting in the 
second act. that of a living room in a private home, is par- 
ticularly charming, and the whole performance moves with a 
smoothness that is perfect. 

* * * 

As the story goes, a penniless young lawyer. Frederick Tile, 
after being jilted by his sweetheart (or at least after thinking 
that he has been), thrown out by his landlady and dispossess- 
ed of his office, is tempted by a hundred thousand dollars of- 
fered by three South Americans if he will marry an unkonvvn 
woman they have chosen, leave her after the ceremony, dis- 
appear for a year and then divorce her if he chooses. After 
going through the ceremony with this heavily-veiled bride, his 
own sweetheart appears ready to elope with him. 

* * * 

This is just one of the ridiculous situations he finds himself 
in. They follow rapidly — when the discovery is made that he 
has passed the night in his friend's house which also has shel- 
tered the girl. The father appears with parental blessing for 




Harry Watson, Jr., Next Week at the Orpheum. 



August 9, 1919 



and California Advertiser 



11 



the pair who have not married, and the real bride appears, 
with a face that would stop a clock or cause a man to commit 
murder, and so on to the end. Needless to say, at the end all 

is well for all concerned. 

* * * 

The caste is particularly well chosen. Emily Pinter as the 
bride, deaf and muchly married, and made up to look as hid- 
eous as possible, carries off the honors this week. Henry 
Shumer has come into his own again in the part of the stutter- 
ing Judge Huselton. Both Mr. Richardson, as the young law- 
yer, and Miss Bennett as the lady of his choice, sustain their 
parts well, and Mr. Richardson's is a "fat" part, that keeps 
him on the jump from curtain rise to fall. Miss Jean Oliver 
is cast this week as the younger sister, and plays opposite 
Vaughan Morgan in the secondary romance. Thomas Chatter- 
ton is a scheming young lawyer who introduces the South 
Americans to Tile. These foreigners are well portrayed by 
Edna Shaw, Rafael Brunetto and Carlo Tricoli, the latest ad- 
dition to the Alcazar Company. Al Cunningham is very good 
in the role of Robert Sinclair, father of the two young ladies 
who will not listen to his counsel in their affairs of the heart. 

If the success of a comedy be measured by the merriment it 
produces in the audience, then "Here Comes the Bride" can 

indcsd be marked down as another Alcazar triumph. 

* * * 

Orpheum. — A strong bill at the Orpheum is promised for 
next week. Jack Norworth's revue, "Odds and Ends," having 
closed its successful season in New York, several of his stars 
will be seen here in vaudeville. Chief among them is Harry 
Watson, Jr., as "Young Kid Battling Dugan." Watson is one 
of the best of comedians. Other stars on next week's bill are : 
"Smiling" Bill Mason, Alice Ferrest. a concert singer with a 
fine voice; Steve Juhasz, monologist comedian; Frances Dough- 
erty in "Characteristic Melodic Diversions," and several pian- 
ists, and George R. Reed in an act called "Pianoville." The 

only Chinese Jazz Band in existence will also perform. 

* * * 

Alcazar. — Commencing at next Sunday's matinee, the pow- 
erful emotional play, "Sinners," by Owen Davis, will have its 
first interpretation at the Alcazar. The story is of the girl who 
believed that the quickest path to fame and fortune led through 
the great city. There are splendid dramatic opportunities for 
the entire cast. On Sunday, August 17. the Alcazar will pre- 
sent "The New Henrietta," one of the most brilliant of Ameri- 
can comedies. 



Richard H. Pease, who has long been very prominent 
amongst our business leaders as president of the Goodyear 
Rubber Company, is confined to his home by an illness which 
has caused concern to his large circle of friends. It is hoped 
that he will soon be able to resume his activities in the im- 
portant enterprises in which he is interested. 





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That most worthy institution, the Y. M. C. A., is doing splen- 
did work these days for the young men. Lyman L. Pierce, gen- 
eral secretary of the Y. M. C. A., now announces the inaugura- 
tion of special recreational and educational work. A secretary 
will be engaged to take charge of it. 

The training of experts in accounting, the h : ghest paid pro- 
fession, is another admirable activity of the Y. M. C. A. The 
course starts August 11 under the personal direction of L. T. 
Diebels, C. P. A. of the Board of State Harbor Commissioners. 

All information can be had by calling or writing to the Y. M. 
C. A. School of Business, 220 Golden Gate Avenue. 



— — Something entirely new in Disability Insurance is being 
offered by the Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company of Cali- 
fornia. The Pacific Mutual always endeavors to furnish its 
policyholders with the most liberal policy contracts. It leads 
the way and is followed by other companies. 

The Non-Cancellable Insurance Policy which the Pacific 
Mutual now offers, is a great step forward. For the man who 
already carries the old forms of life and accident insurance it 
is ideal. It cannot be cancelled or restricted, it covers all sick- 
ness and accidents. It does not require house confinement, and 
is renewable till 60 years of age. 

The financial limits are $25,000, principal, and $1,000 
monthly. Monthly income will be written with or without the 
principal sum. 



The patronage of the Fred Solari Restaurant corner of 

Geary and Mason Streets, is increasing so rapidly that en- 
largement of the popular place may soon be necessary. The 
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the steady growth of business. 



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San Francisco News Letter 



August 9, 1919 



The Ghostly Violin 

By L. R. Lattimer 



DO I believe in psychic phenomena?" said my friend, Doc- 
tor Pendleton. "My mind is open on the subject. I don't 
believe or disbelieve. Townsend! I'll tell you a 
strange thing that came under my notice as a physician," he 
continued. 

"One night I sat in my office — just such a night as this — cold 
and dismal — almost a gale howling down the deserted street 
and moaning around the building, I began to clear off some 
papers that had accumulated on my desk. 

"Amongst the papers I found the wedding invitation cards of 
a favorite young patient — a Miss Margaret Kenneth. Though 
of a nervous temperament she was a remarkably well-balanced 
girl, apparently sure of herself and not given to troublesome 
impulses. She was more than pretty. 

"As I looked at the wedding cards I felt a pang of regret 
for this loveable girl's choice of a husband. He seemed in every 
way unworthy of her. 

"My reverie was interrupted by the telephone. It was a 
hysterical call from the girl's home. Her mother was on the 
line. 

"'Doctor! Doctor! Come at once. Margaret is dying,' she 
cried. 

"I reached the house regardless of all speed regulations. The 
grief-stricken mother met me at the door and we hurried to the 
patient's room. 

"I was astonished by the condition of Margaret — white as 
one dead, she lay among the pillows, her big brown eyes flaring 
wide, with pupils distended and iris barely visible. She had 
evidently received a terrible shock. 

"All that the mother could tell me was that the girl had re- 
turned from the theatre at eleven o'clock, and that suddenly, as 
she stood before her mirror she had uttered a shriek and fal- 
len. At the same time Mrs. Kenneth and a maid heard the 
music of a violin floating above their heads as if played on a 
ghostly instrument. 

"Most doctors listen to such tales with incredulity. I was no 
exception, I thought it was only a case of overwrought nerves. 

"The patient did not respond properly to my treatment. Next 
day she was in a pitiable condition and terror-stricken at the 
approach of night. "It happened at eleven o'clock doctor — at 
eleven," she kept repeating. 

"I resolved to be on hand at that hour. Precisely as the clock 
struck the patient sprang towards the center of the room, her 
eyes aglow with an unearthly radiance and her arms out- 
stretched." 

" 'Listen — listen,' she cried. 'Do you hear it — the Moonlight 
Sonata? See the hands holding the violin — see " 

"She swayed and would have fallen heavily, but I caught her 

in time and her mother and maid replaced her on the bed. 

When I felt for the unhappy girl's pulse she was past all pain 

and sorrow. The mother's grief was pitiable. 
* * * * 

"From the heart-broken parent, weeks after, I learned that 
Margaret had spent the previous summer in the South and be- 
come attached to a young planter named Travers, who had 
more genius for music than for business. It was an inheritance 
from his mother. 

"When Mrs. Kenneth realized that Margaret's interest in the 
impecunious planter was more than a little summer romance, 
she diplomatically ended the affair. Travers took his dismissal 
bndly and return to the sccial life of the city did not re- 
store Margaret's spirits. In a few months her engagement to 
a former admirer of family and wealth, but little personal 
worth, was announced but she showed no anxiety to fix the 
wedding day. Pressed to do so the girl's nervous condition 
developed a dangerous fever. For days the frightened mother 
heard the patient rave of summer scenes and Travers — always 
Travers — and the Moonlight Sonata. 

"Over and over again the fever-shrill voice would call to 
him. Then she would listen and catch at her mother's hands. 



" 'Don't you hear it? See! How the moon shimmers on the 
v. ater ! Ah, it melts into the violin — he is playing it to me — the 
Moonlight Sonata.' 

"So the agony was fought out until the young body triumphed 
and she struggled back to the burden that had been almost laid 
down. 

"Then preparations for the deferred wedding were resumed 

but the unlooked for bridegroom was Death the consoler who 

has laid his hand on many a heart and healed it forever. 
* * * * 

"What became of Travels? That is the strangest part of the 
story. He w:.s drowned the night I was called so suddenly to 
attend Margaret. The levee above his house broke and swept 
everything av ay. Just before that some negroes had heard him 
playing on his violin." 



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INSURANCE 



The Marine Department has been moved from the second 
floor, replacing the General Fire Department of the Fireman's 
Fund, which now occupies part of the second floor. Private 
offices for the secretaries have been installed on the second 
floor and a general re-arrangement has been made to increase 
the working capacity on this floor. The Automobile, Marine 
and City Fire Departments now occupy the first floor. The 
General Fire Department and the private offices are on the 
second floor, <md the Accounting Department is on the third 
floor. Convenient arrangements for files, purchasing and sup- 
ply departments have been installed in the basement. Nothing 
could show more graphically how the Fireman's Fund has 
grown than the way every inch of space in the once ample 
building is now being utilized, and in fact a portion of the mez- 
zanine floor of the Insurance Exchange Building is also occu- 
pied by them. 

* * * 

Spokane, Wash., is witnessing an interesting controversy on 
the subject of municipally carried fire insurance risks. The 
situation is precipitated by a recent fire at the Holmes Public 
School where a toy balloon landed in the eaves and caused a 
blaze which partly destroyed the upper stories of the structure 
with a fire loss variously estimated at $20,000 to $40,000. Five 
years ago the school board determined to carry its own insur- 
ance on school buildings. Prior to that time the board had paid 
out $53,691 in premiums, and collected the total of $120,223 
from the insurance companies. Following the cancellation of 
the school policies a sinking fund was established, and when 
the Holmes School loss was sustained the fund aggregated 
$20,000, so at the lowest estimate of loss the sinking fund is 
wiped out. The present school board appears to favor a return 
to the system of carrying insurance. The matter has been re- 
ferred to a sub-committee for investigation and report, but the 
majority of the board members have indicated a decided lean- 
ing toward insurance. 

* * * 

When the Bankers Life of Des Moines produced $8,200,000 
of business for the month of June, in celebration of the Fortieth 
Anniversary of the Company, thirty of the thirty-three leading 
agencies showed an increase in production of one hundred per 
cent or more, as compared with June. 1918. Some of the in- 
creases were very much greater than one hundred per cent. 
In the case of the San Francisco Agency, the increase was 
nearly two hundred per cent, with a production of over half a 
million for June, 1919, as compared with $175,000 for June, 

1918. 

* * » 

The following constitute the executive committee of the In- 
surance Federation of California : Burt L. Davis. Alex. Field. 
Channing B. Cornell, W. H. Davis, Carl A. Henry, Joy Lich- 

tenstein and A. S. Hatman. 

» * » 

H. G. Everett. Los Angeles, has been appointed manager for 
the Pacific Coast of the Lincoln National Life of Fort Wayne. 
Ind. 

* * » 

Harry L. Thompson has resigned as counterman for the 
Selbach & Deans general agency to accept the appointment as 
special agent at San Francisco, covering the Metropolitan dis- 
trict for the Home of New York. He succeeds G. L. Donahoe, 
resigned. Mr. Thompson has had extensive experience in this 

field as special agent. 

* • • 

F. E. Naftzger succeeds P. H. Griffith as special agent for 
the Hartford Fire in Southern California. He will co-operate 
with Special Agent E. E. Price in covering that territory. Mr. 
Naftzger resigns as a surveyor in district "C" to accept the ap- 
pointment. 

* * * 

Charles Harris has severed his connection with the North 
British & Mercantile as special agent in Southern California. 



The selection of Frank P. Wilson as manager for Northern 
California of the Netherlands Fire and Life of Holland is re- 
garded as an exhibition of wisdom on the part of Harold W. 
Lellon, United States manager who made the appointment. 
Mr. Wilson will be assisted by Samuel M. Askins, Jr., who has 
for ten years had charge of the company's San Francisco of- 
fice. The agency will report to Chicago. 

w * * 

The executive committee of the Board of Fire Underwriters 
of the Pacific has decided that the general agency contract be- 
tween the Nevada Fire and the Stockholders Auxiliary Com- 
mittee of the Bank of Italy must be cancelled by November 
1st. This is in accordance with the ruling of Arbitrator Sharp- 
stein that the contract is in violation of Board rules. 

Work will at once begin on a twelve-story class "A" build- 
ing to be erected by Balfour, Guthrie & Co., on the property cor- 
nering on Sansome and California Streets recently purchased 
from the Mutual Life of New York. The structure will cost 
about one million dollars and will be modern in every par- 
ticular. 

* * * 

H. R. Wickler has resigned as special agent for the Contin- 
ental, American Eagle and Fidelity-Phenix, in Montana to go 
with Manager Wilson as special agent for the Netherlands, with 

headquarters at San Francisco. 

* * * 

Walter G. Merryweather of McCrea & Merryweather, Spo- 
kane, has been elected president of the Washington State Asso- 
ciation of Local Insurance Agents. 

* * * 

J. Hunter Harrison, head of the North America's loss depart- 
ment, has consented to fill the unexpired term of the late Cal- 
vert Meade as secretary-treasurer of the Fire Underwriters As- 
sociation of the Pacific. 



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14 



San Francisco News Letter 



August 9. 1919 



FINANCIAL AFFAIRS 



An Official Expose 

From E. C. Bellows, California State Commissioner of corpo- 
rations, I have received a letter calling attention to eva- 
sions of the Corporate Securities Act, or Blue Sky Law, 
as it is commonly called. A list of the companies that 
have not complied with the provisions of the Corporate 
Securities Act has accompanied Commissioner Bellows' 
communication to the News Letter: 

"It is obvious," Commissioner Bellows says, "that corpora- 
tions which find it necessary to evade the provisions* of the 
Corporate Securities Act, are not organized for the benefit of 
the investing public.'' 

This is pretty strong language coming from such an official 
authority as the State Commisioner of Corporations. Com- 
missioner Bellows in his letter goes on to say that it is not 
■neious or expensive for any company to comply with all the 
provisions of the Corporate Securities Act. The modus oper- 
andi, as he explains it is simplicity itself. 

"An initial examination and subsequent supervision of the 
State Corporation Department may be obtained by a company 
at a nominal cost and the aim of the department is to have cor- 
porations generally, conform to the standard of integrity that 
has been manifest among the decent corporation of California 
both before and after the law went into effect." 

Commissioner Bellows does not declare that the securities of- 
fered by all of the companies, organized in other States than 
California and evading the Blue Sky Law, are doubtful invest- 
ments. He says: 

"The securities offered for sale by some of these companies 
may form an attractive investment. Others may be of doubt- 
ful value and some of them may be entirely worthless." 

The Commissioner disclaims intention to limit the right of 
the people to engage in speculative enterprises "as long as they 
are fairly conceived and honestly conducted." The investigat- 
ing public though has the right to be "informed of the hazards 
which may be encountered, and to have such regulations en- 
forced as will protect it from fraudulent schemes and unprin- 
cipled schemers." 

"On this account," concludes Commissioner Bellows, "I re- 
spectfully request that you give the enclosed letter such space 
in your valuable paper as you may deem advisable, to the end 
that your co-operation with this department may achieve the 
results intended to be effected by its creation." 

According to Commissioner Bellows' list, "no one of the fol- 
lowing named companies, organized in another State, has filed 
in the California State Corporation Department an application 
for authority to sell securities in this State." 

The Invader Oil & Refining Co. of Texas. 
The Capitol Petroleum Co. of Denver. Colo. 
Caddo-Burk Oil Co. of Texas. 
Burkburnett, Jr., Oil Co. 
Pullman Oil & Refining Co. 
Comanche-Patterson Oil Co. 
Texas-California Consolidated Oil Co. 
Duke-Knowles Annex Oil Co. 
United Chief Oil & Gas Co. 

Abner Davis Trustee Plan Oil Production, Pipe Line and 
Refinery. 

Billie Burke Oil Co. 

Clover Leaf Production Co. 

Home Oil Co. of Prescott, Ariz. 

Diamond C. Oil Co. of Texas. 

Mid-Texas Burk Oil Co. 

Swastika Oil Co. 

Thomasson-Mallory Oil Co. of Denver. Colo. 

Ground-Floor Syndicate. 

Churchill County Oil & Gas Co. of Fallon, Nevada. 

The Texas Wonder Pools Oil Co. 



Each of the above named companies has offered its secur- 
ities (shares of stock) for sale in the State "contrary to the 
provisions of the Corporate Securities Act," states Commis- 
sioner Bellows. 

No one in the following has been authorized by Commis- 
sioner Bellows, State Department "to act as a broker in the sale 
of. or to advertise securities of the respective company after 
his (or its) name, or in the sale of any other securities": 

The Oil Investors Syndicate; advertising the Bradley Co. 

Southwest Investment Company; advertising the Brown- 
Comanche Oil Co. 

Moffett & Co. ; advertising Gypsy-Burk Co. 

Dunbar & Co.; advertising Gilbert-True Oil Co., J'aggers- 
Wallace Oil Co., Texas Colonel Oil Co., Texas Control Oil Co., 
and Silver Cycle Oil Co. 

Midcontinent Brokerage Co. ; advertising Prarie Hill Oil Co. 

Robert Weiller Company advertising Sunshine Oil Corpora- 
tion and Paramount Oil Company. 

Moorman & Co., advertising Burk-Consolidated Oil Co. 

Pilcher & Co.; advertising Texas-Eagle Oil Co. 

Petroleum Securities Co.; advertising Texas-Crude Oil Co. 

B. F. Jacobs, Fiscal Agent; advertising Western Texas Oil 
& Gas Co. 

Northland Investment Co.; advertising Burk-Bonanza Oil Co. 

Securities Investment Co.; advertising Mucklestone Oil Co. 

Big Southern Investment Co.; advertising The Poor Man's 
Chance Oil and Refining Co., and Square Deal Oil Co. 

Mammoth Investment Co.; advertising Square Deal Oil Co.. 
and Twin Lease Oil & Refining Co. 

G. W. Field & Co.; advertising Prudential Oil Co. of Texas. 

Texas Oil Underwriters; advertising Tennessee Chief Oil 
Co. 

R. F. Howard; ->.dvertising Tampico Texas Oil Land Co. 

H. B. Eshelman Realty Co.; advertising sale of subdivision 
of oil lands or leases. 

Such information as he may obtain will be communicated to 
all investors who request it, Commissioner Bellows announces. 

Inquiries should be addressed to the Commissioner at 815 
Flood Building. San Francisco, giving the name of the com- 
pany, the kind of security purchased, the date of purchase, the 
name and address of the person or company from or through 
whom you made the purchase, the amount paid, and the name 
of the newspaper in which the investor read the company's 
advertisement. 



It appears that Commissioner Bellows has been delving deep 
in the rubbish of the speculative market. A reader gets only 
a faint idea of what he discovered. Some inkling of it has been 
furnished by Denis Donohoe. the clever financial editor of the 
Examiner. The stories that Donohoe relates are all authentic. 
I know that it is an absolute fact that the poor washerwoman 
who was induced to buy several hundred dollars of nicely en- 
graved paper, worth no more than wall-paper, was subsequently 
led to mortgage her little home and put every cent of it in more 
worthless "securities." 

The manager of a branch of a large company was stung 
badly. It is said the fake oil-security sellers caught him for 
$15,000,000. 

Some cases have been disclosed where employees, occupy- 
ing positions of trust, have been so tempted by the specious 
promises of the oil-fakers, that they dipped into their employ- 
ers' cash, and put themselves in the clutches of the law. 

Of course it is not to be inferred there is no honesty in the 
security market. There is an abundance of it. But be sure you 
deal with reputable houses that have earned their reputation 
for fair dealing. 

PAUPER ALLEY. 



"When you refused him my hand, papa, did he get down 

n his knees?" "Well, I didn't notice just where he lit." 



August 9, 1919 



and California Advertiser 



15 



THE MOTOR CAR 



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California motorists have one thing to be thankful for and 
that is they do not have to pay as much for gasoline as they do 
in the East. 

The price is reaching such a figure that the automobile trade 
journals publish weekly a gasoline rate chart. The calcula- 
tions begin at 25 cents per gallon and run as high as 40 cents, 

showing the high and low mark. 

* * * 

The motor car buyer today is trying to figure when the price 
of motor cars will decline. They have been doing this ever 
since the war ended and some who held off buying, guessing 
that the price would soon be lowered found to their dismay 
that they went higher. 

It is easy to figure when automobiles will be lower. All one 
has to do is to watch the quotations of farm products. When 
the farmer begins to get less for what he raises then the prices 
of every manufactured article will begin to be put on the 
market for less than at the present time. 

If farm products command an increase over the present, then 
automobiles will go higher. This raise will take place at once, 
while the lowering of price will follow anywhere from one to 
six months after the decline in foodstuffs. The reason for 
this is that the manufacturer will take advantage of an increase 
but can only lower when the next allotment is put through the 

factory. 

* * * 

If the average man spent the time he uses up lamenting over 
the high cost of living and the extra price of every thing else 
in figuring how he could produce more in the way of an income 
he would soon find that the other fellows' prices would not be 
such an item. 

If a new motor car, motor truck, tractor or airplane will speed 
up your income productive power buy it and buy it quickly. 
Minutes today are worth as much as hours did yesterday. 

This is the age of speed and the busmess man that controls 
the greatest speed is the one that gets the winning flag. Ele- 
phant races are out of date. 

* * * 

"A swell head never hurt anybody — it's the shrinking that 
hurts." 

This is the land of sunshine and climate. This claim is all 
well and good for overhead, but how underfoot. The people of 
the State have voted a $4,000,000 good roads bond issue. These 
bonds will soon be offered to the public as an investment. Are 
we prepared to buy them or will it be like the first and second 
good roads bond issue, when for months at a time the work of 
improving the ror.ds was held up because there was no money 
to continue the work for no one would buy the bonds. 

We have done expansion — we have sunshine, flowers, cli- 
mate, many miles of good roads and $40,000,000 to spend on 
more wonderful boulevards. But are we going to turn our 
paper into cash fast enough to make this one of the greatest 
touring States in the Union, or are we going to pass through 
that shrinking period when it hurts. 

Lets be ready to show the rest of the country that we have 
the faith in ourselves by buying liberally the moment these 
bonds are pit on the market. If we have a swelled head let's 

make it permanent with no possibilities of it ever shrinking. 

* • * 

Every time tourists are mentioned in California some one 
says, Los Angeles. The man of the Northern part of the State 
will tell you that for scenery, romance and everything that 
makes a place attractive to the tourist and especially those that 
do their touristing in a motor car that the North has the South 
beat a mile. 

But Los Angeles gets the first chance at the tourist's pocket- 
book and why? 

The simple reason is that Los Angeles goes after it harder 
than any other section of the State and they are entitled to all 
they get down there. 

It is time that San Francisco woke up and edited the great 



sign by blue penciling the word America making it see North- 
ern California first. It can be put over, for this section has 
everything with which to make good it claims. The main 
trouble today is that we don't know how to holler loud enough. 

We should take voice culture from Los Angeles. 
* * * 

"If you allow yourself to take the T can't get away' position 
with reference to your business, you will find you miss the ad- 
vantages of rest, recreation and association with other business 
men." 

The business man that has this thought and adheres to it 
is making himself a fit candidate for the hospital which he will 
enter sooner or later. 

What such a man needs is the motor-tonic taken in big whole- 
sale doses. Don't motor over the same old roads — don't get 
rutty — play the game of marking the map. It's a great game 
and the more you play it the greater gets the sport. It is played 
with your county map. Mark off tours of 200 miles — one hun- 
dred miles for the Saturday and one hundred miles for Sun- 
day. Then start out every Saturday on these week-end trips. 
When you return home mark off the trip with a blue pencil as 
that which has been taken. 

As time goes on you will find the map has assumed a most 
delightful lacework of pleasant memories. Every blue pencil 
line will mean some delightful or exciting tour. It will crowd 
out business thought from the restful hours at home. There 
are 52 counties in the State. Each a chapter full of experience 
that will broaden those who write their own version, making 
possible greater possibilities. It will mean that business will 
be the slave to the man. not the man a slave to his business. 
Which in your case is going to hold the whip and do the driv- 



Dr. Stanley M. Rinehart, of Pittsburg, has purchased a Win- 
ton Six as a gift for his wife, Mary Roberts Rhinehart, whose 
splendid fiction delights all America. Dr. Frank Crane, au- 
thor of daily human interest editorials that are keenly read by 
millions of newspaper readers, has purchased a Winton Six 
sedan. From Holland comes the news that Her Majesty the 
Queen Mother has honored the Haagsche Automobiel Maat- 

schappy with her order for a Winton Six limousine. 
* • * 

The Macbeth Green Visor lens which are being used by such 
a great number of motorists in California and elsewhere, are 
made by the same company that furnish the A. E. F. lenses, 
that flashed the scientifically controlled light across "No Man's 
Land" in France, in order to detect German patrols. The mar- 
ve'ous lenses used in our lighthouses and used in the search- 
lights of our warships, are also made by this company. 

The Macbeth Green Visor lens has been given the highest 
rating by the Motor Vehicle Department of California, with a 
32 candle-power nitrogen lamp. The law makes it compulsory 
on every automobile owner to equip his car with a light ap- 
proved by the Motor Vehicle Department. 
« * * 

Walter W. Smith has been promoted to the position of As- 
sistant Sales Manager of the Nash Motors Company. This 
was announced by Charles B. Voorhis. general sales manager 
of the Nash Motors Company to distributors of the organiza- 
tion Wednesday evening at a dinner which concluded the com- 
pany's annual convention. The announcement was received by 
the great family of distributors with an enthusiasm which indi- 
cated the popularity of the new assistant sales manager. Mr. 
Smith was presented by the distributors with a watch as a tes- 
timonial of their friendship and of their pleasure in his ad- 
vancement. 

"Merit alone has guided me in choosing Walter Smith for 
this position," said Mr. Voorhis. "and I take this opportunity 
to say to the distributors of the Nash Motors Company that 
I am proud to have a man of Mr. Smith's ability and unfailing 
energy in the position of assistant sales manager." 



16 



San Francisco News Letter 



August 9, 1919 




His little book of verse, entitled "Souvenirs," by Stanley 
Preston Kimmel, might be called "Silhouettes." There are 
twenty war-time subjects, freely treated in the sketchy manner 
of "The Outcast," which poem follows : 

He spoke to me 

Continually of Yvonne 

And he told me how 

When he arrived in Paris 

On his permission 

He had searched for her. 

Sne was not in the quarters 

They had taken after the retreat 

From Revigny. But one day, 

As he was walking along the boulevard 

She passed. Gowned in black, 

Silk as much as possible, and a large hat. 

Oh, yes, he knew just why 

She dressed like that. And he knew — 

She was smiling and talking 

Very lively to a British officer. 

The day following he reported 

To his post on the front 

I left him and went up to Montzeville 

When the return trip was made. 

I saw a man whom they told me 

Was handling a hand grenade 

When it exploded and killed him, 

The officer cautioned everyone 

Standing near us to be careful. 

And gave the accident as an example. 

Kimmel drove an ambulance for the French Red Cross for 
eight months until gassed and invalided home to San Francisco. 
He established his studio in Filbert Street and there wrote 
"The Crucifixion," which deals with his work in France. He 
sailed for the Orient last month to gather literary material. 

An injunction to restrain the Century Company from further 
distribution of Thomas F. Millard's "Democracy of the East- 
ern Question," is said to be threatened by the Washington au- 
thorities. Millard is a newspaperman, who lived a number of 
years in China, where he published a periodical. In his "De- 
mocracy of the Eastern Question," he expresses his belief that 
Japan is not to be trusted and means, practically to take posses- 
sion of China. 

The Century Company is about to issue in book form, many 
of the stories and drawings that appeared in the remarkable 
service newspaper. "The Stars and Stripes," which is no longer 
published. 

Piffle's A. B. C. book of Funny Animals; Twenty-six colored 
pages with accompanying verses. — Henry Altemus Company, 
Philadelphia. 

Uncle Sam's Boys Smash the Germans, by Irving Hancock. 
— Henry Altemus Company, Philadelphia. A book full of 
vigor, written by one who has had experience in army life. Of 
strong interest to boys and especially Boy Scouts. 

Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service, by H. Irving Han- 
cock, author of many works of adventure. This narrative of 
the adventures of young American Navy Officers among Span- 
ish bravos and Paris Apaches is one of the author's best. — 
Henry Altemus Company. Philadelphia. 

The War Garden Victorious, by Charles Lathrop Pack. An 
intei sting history of war garden with many illustrations. — 
J. B. Lippincott, Philadelphia. 

Belgium, by Brand Whitlock. A personal narrative well told 
and worth the attention of all American readers. — D. Appleton 
and Company, Philadelphia. 



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The Sinn Feiners are reported to be shooting at police 

barracks in Ireland. It must be a relief to Irish landlords to be 
overlooked as targets. 

What a panic there would be, if Justice got really serious 

with the profiteers and used the edge of the sword instead of 
just brandishing the scabbard. 

The President has announced his full confidence in 

Japan's promises to hand back Shantung — sometime. That's 
one satisfied American anyhow. 

It needs a mathematician to figure, how the shoe factor- 
ies sell good shoes at $50 a dozen, in Massachusetts, and re- 
tailers are asking $20 a pair for bad ones here. Police! Police! 

If the newspapers devoted only a one-hundredth part of 

the free space to booming legitimate business that they do to 
boosting prizefight fakes, what a snap merchants would have. 

Historians have worried for centuries to find out why 

Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Ancient Babylon, went crazy 
and ate grass. Now we know. Profiteering and the H. C. L. 
did it. 

Lord Robert Cecil is correct in his statement to the new 

Center Party of England, that nationalization of industries is 
only a makeshift substitute for private employers, and is in- 
sufficient. 

When Secretary of State Lansing, gets through telling 

Congress how much he didn't know about the peace negotia- 
tions, some wild socialist is liable to ask. what a Secretary of 
State draws salary for. 

Congress is to put Colonel House on the carpet and dis- 
cover what Wilson did at the Paris Conference. Somebody 
ought to whisper to the pussy-footing lawmakers that maybe 
the President himself knows. 

A syndicate writer in the Chronicle states that the perpe- 
trator of the Mutt and Jeff stuff has made a million out of it. 
And we all thought he was paying a big price to get it pub- 
lished. Wonders will never cease. 

What is the real inside of the sudden explosion of mis- 
sionary wrath against Japanese rule in Korea ? The Japs have 
been using jiu-jitsu methods for years but no white humanitar- 
ian called a mass meeting. Are we on the eve of a Korean 
drive against our pocketbooks? 



Profiteering in paper is likely to reach such a limit 'twill 

be cheaper to buy silver-soled shoe^ than brown paper ones at 
$20 a pair. 

Coroner Leland reports that in the last year 89 persons 

have been killed by automobiles ; in the last six months 14 chil- 
dren. Why is it reckless motorists hit so many pedestrians and 
never even bump a traffic squad cop? 

Sir Edward Carson is getting the orange men ready for 

the fun, and the South of Ireland nationalists are cutting their 
blackthorns. With so many patriots spoiling for a fight it ought 
to rival the historic controversy of the Kilkenny cats. 

Importing teachers of dancing to train University stu- 
dents how to trip the light fantastic at summer extension 
courses has been criticized "calculated to make a mule laugh." 
It won't make the taxpayers haw-haw. That's a cinch. 

Frank Connolly, the mouthpiece of the retail grocers, 

has wired the President that the grocers, make no money, 
worth speaking of. The smooth granger is the boy that's bal- 
ing up the kale declares the indignant Frank. Looks feasible. 

— —According to Ned Hamilton's announcement in the Ex- 
aminer Herbert Hoover has decided not to run for United 
States Senator. That's one extra clerk's salary saved. The 
boy that was figured on to keep tally of Herbert's little bunch 
of votes won't be needed. 

The Frenchmen are to get $2,000,000 for breakage of 

French windows by American gunfire. The British have pock- 
eted millions on millions, for carrying the Yankee doughboys 
over the pond to save the allies. Uncle Sam must seem easy 
to those liberal foreigners. 

Delegate Murphy of the Pressmen's Union had the nerve 

to tell the San Francisco Labor Council, that if employees de- 
mard 25 per cent of the profits, the brutal employers will de- 
mand that the employees share in all the losses as well. Su- 
pervisor Andy Gallagher will have that bird shot. 

General von Falkenhayn is the latest to come forward 

and offer himself as a vicarious sacrifice for the Kaiser. The 
General says, he is the guilty man responsible for the war. The 
non-commissioned officers, and the privates and all the janitors 
of the Kairer's thirty palaces have yet to be heard from. 

The formation of the new Center Party In England Is 

due to the uncertainty of the Irish representation in the House 
of Commons. The English Liberal Party has been kept in 
power so long, by a coalition which included the Irish nafonal 
members. Those are now going through the motions of func- 
tioning as officials of an Irish Republic. 

State Attorney General Webb seems anxious to pass up 

the prosecution of profiteers to the United States authorises. 
Better go slow, Mr. Attorney General, about helping Uncle 
Sam's boys to supersede State Government in any d'rection. 
Your office, like the State Quarantine and others, may be abol- 
ished first thing you know. 

-One important fact has come out of the rascally profiteer- 



ing. It has been established as axiomatic at Washington that 
raises of wages afford no permanent relief to wage-earners for 
the costs of living also climb. The fight between Labor and 
Capital is thus figuratively changed from a 24-foot ring to a 
16-foot one. and the knockout for somebody will be all the 
quicker. 



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When the prohibitionists suc- 
Anti-Tobacco Propaganda, ceeded so easily in blighting the 

wine industry in California, pre- 
dictions were made that the tobacco habit would be the next 
target of sumptuary law. Mankind used wine and beer as far 
back as history goes. The habit of smoking, as compared with 
the use of alcoholic stimulants, is a custom of yesterday. The 
knowledge of tobacco and its uses, reached the rest of the world 
from America, only four centuries ago when Columbus dis- 
covered America. 

Many centuries before the Christian era the ancient Egypt- 
ians knew how to brew beer and make wine. They ascribed to 
their chief god, Osiris, the introduction of the vine. The An- 
cient Hebrews attributed to Noah, the second father of man- 
kind, the cultivation of the vine. 

In the Old Testament, corn, wine and oil are linked together 
as the main gifts of the soil, the material basis of life and com- 
fort. 

The vine and olive, were in antiquity, the symbols of settled 
and cultured life. Nomadic barbarians only neglected to culti- 
vate them. Thus we find that the Rechabites, who desired to 
remain nomadic, like the Arabs of today, made laws against 
the building of houses or cultivation of vineyards, as calculated 
to check their wild life. 

It is mentioned by Archilochus. a Greek writer, who lived 
700 years before the Christian era. that his countrymen were 
then acquainted with the art of brewing beer and making wine. 

Xenophon, in his history of the retreat of the ten thousand 
Greek mercenary troops from Asia after the battle of Cunaxa 
in 401, B. C, in which he took part, mentions the use of beer by 
the Armenian natives. 

Tobacco-smoking, with its short history dating back only 
four hundred years, is therefore a new fad as compared with 
wine and beer-drinking. 

The enemies of the Lady Nicotine are proceeding cautiously 
to expel her from public favor. Their campaign against 
"Demon Rum" taught them the advantage of disguised attack. 
Their frontal assault on the stronghold of Nicotiana will be 
made later. 

For the present the offensive is confined to skirmishing along 
the line of "Child Welfare." The sinews of war are furnished 
by the Women's Christian Temperance Union which is called 
the "Mother of the Anti-Saloon League." 

The campaign against nicotine, began last March, it is said, 
with the drive for $1,000,000 conducted by the W. C. T. U., 
which announced that $300,000 would be used for "child wel- 
fare," "health and morality," and "education and information." 
Nothing was said about tobacco, lest that reference might com- 
plicate prohibition plans. 

The "child welfare" work is now being carried on in Phila- 
delphia schools, where pupils are taught to consider as filthy. 
a father who uses tobacco. This has naturally aroused many 
parents. 

The headquarters of the foes of tobacco are at Rest Cottage, 
the home of Anna Adams Gordon, Evanston, 111., president of 
the W. C. T. U. Enormous quantities of literature directed 
against tobacco are sent out daily. The pamphlets include one 
entitled "Nicotine Next," from the pen of Frederick William 
Roman, Ph. D., Professor of Economics at Syracuse Univer- 
sity, New York. The head of that University is Chancellor 
Day, the intimate friend of the Rockefellers. 

The political purpose of the foes of tobacco is to spread 
propaganda in the States with a view to forcing the adoption 
of a constitutional amendment in Congress in 1924. If the pro- 
hibition of alcohol could be made part of the United States 
Constitution, why not the inhibition of tobacco, the reformers 
ask. 

Their logic is unanswerable. Once the door is opened to im- 
proper and unlawful tinkering with the Constitution, any bunch 
of bigots may hope to work their will on the nation by the votes 
of unfit lawmakers. We could have inhibition of tea and cof- 
fee, mince pie, buttermilk, fried mush or doughnuts. 



The prohibitionists are a powerful organization containing 
large numbers of good citizens. The Women's Christian Tem- 
perance Union is also within its proper limits a worthy moral 
force. 

The United States constitution, however, conceived by the 
Spirit of Liberty and sanctified by the blood of patriots, should 
not be desecrated by conversion into a code of sumptuary 
edicts, reflecting the narrow bigotry of the Connecticut Blue 
Laws that fined a man for kissing his wife on Sunday. 



It is already up to the courts to decide 
Who Owns the Air. who owns the air. We did not antici- 
pate that query when the birdmen be- 
gan to fly. Now they are falling on peoples' heads and through 
roofs and the sufferers are asking how damages can be col- 
lected. 

The birdmen may evade the natural law of gravity, while 
aloft. They will not evade man-made laws when they hit the 
earth and survive to be made defendants in civil or criminal 
suits. 

A Missouri farmer has appealed to the courts to prevent 
aeroplanes being flown over his land. The flying machines 
he asserts frighten his horses. The aeroplane company owning 
the machines should be enjoined, he pleads, and a temporary 
injunction has been granted. The arguments on making the 
injunction permanent will be heard next month. 

This is a serious matter, because it brings before the courts 
in a new way the question of human claims to natural elements. 

The Missouri farmer contends that his propriety rights ex- 
tend vertically to all the atmosphere above the boundaries of 
his ranch. That theory is in line with the riparian law, that 
the owner of land lying along a non-navigable stream, also 
owns the water as far as the "thread of the current." Accord- 
ing to that common law theory the riparian landowner could 
exercise proprietary rights over the water and divert it to his 
own use. and even charge others for its use. 

The English riparian laws have been modified in the United 
States as the climatic conditions here differ widely from those 
in the British Isles. In California, for instance, the annual 
lainfall is light and irrigation is desirable. In England the rain- 
fall is excessive and irrigation is not needed. 

Applying the principles of the old riparian law to the air 
would give landowners control of a hundred miles of atmos- 
phere above their strips of earth. They could charge you for 
breathing. 

The Missouri farmer whose horses are frightened by aero- 
planes could put up notices to birdmen to keep out of his atmos- 
phere or be arrested as trespassers. The flying corps of police- 
men would pursue the offenders and unless they paid their 
fines they would be jailed. 

We, of today, can see the humor of that situation. It seems 
to us so utterly preposterous that we scoff at the idea. 

Rules of the air will of course be needed. Irresponsible and 
untrained birdmen may not be permitted to judge their own fit- 
ness, and have full swing in soaring aloft to come tumbling on 
our heads. 

Whatever steps may be taken to control the highways of the 
air the theory that individual citizens have proprietary claims 
to patches of atmosphere will not gain popular approval. 

The discussion over this new problem of the air will unques- 
tionably lead to a critical consideration of the asserted owner- 
ship of water, which element is as necessary to man's existence 
as the air we breathe. What the courts may do in these days is 
not to be predicted from what has been done. 



There is nothing new under the 
Worm-Eaten Bolshevism, sun. We speak of Bolshevism 

as a new thing. Its apostles vaunt 

themselves as the discoverers of an original thought — the propo- 

gandists of a brand new philosophy which will prove a panacea 

for suffering humanity. 

Thousands of years ago Aristophanes, the Greek dramatist, 



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satirized communistic theories which now are the stock in 
tm.de of the Lenines and Trotzkys, and all the tribe of anar- 
chistic unrest. 

In his play of "Ecclesiazusae" or Congresswomen, written 
by Aristophanes in 400 B. C, the satirist makes two of his im- 
aginary characters converse as follows : 

P. — I tell you that we are all to share alike and have 
everything in common, instead of one being rich and an- 
other poor, and one having hundreds of acres, and another 
not enough to make him a grave, and one a houseful of 
servants and another not even a paltry footboy. I am 
going to introduce communism and universal equality. 

B. — How communism? 

P. — That's just what I was going to tell you. First of 
all, everybody's money and land and anything else he 
may possess will be made common property. Then we 
shall maintain you all out of the common stock, with due 
regard to economy and thrift. 

B. — But how about those who have no land, but only 
money that they can hide? 

P. — It will all go to the public purse. To keep anything 
back will be perjury. And then, money won't be the least 
use to any one. 

B.— Why not? 

P. — Because nobody will be poor. Everybody will have 
everything he wants — bread, salt fish, barley cake, clothes, 
wine, garlands, chick-peas. So what will be the good of 
keeping anything back? Answer that, if you can? 

B. — Isn't it just the people who have all these things 
that are the greatest thieves? 

P. — No doubt, under the old laws. But now, when 
everything will be in common, what will be the good of 
keeping anything back? 

B. — Will there be no more thieves? 

P. — Why should any one steal what is his own? And 
».ven if a thief does try to strip a man, he will give up his 
cloak of his own accord. What would be the good of fight- 
ing? He has only to go and get another, and better, from 
the public stores. 

B. — And will there be no more gambling? 

P. — What will there be to play for? 

B. — And how about house accommodations? 

P. — That will be the same for all. I tell you I am going 
to turn the whole city into one huge house, and break down 
all the partitions, so that every one may have free access 
to every one else. 



out debt, or owing so little that the debt was not worth con- 
sideration. Then the era of public extravagance began and 
there has been a race between the State and the counties to 
outdo one another in lavishness. 

California's bonded indebtedness in 1911, was close to $94,- 
000,000. Now it is over $240,000,000. 

In the short period of seven years the bonded indebtedness 
increased nearly 155 per cent, while the population of the State 
increased only 25 per cent. 

San Francisco entered with fervor into the wild dance of ex- 
travagance. Bond elections were so numerous that the election 
booths became a fixture in our streets. At these elections, 
which saddled an enormous load of debt on the community, 
not over 40 per cent of the registered voters took the trouble 
to go to the polls. Some important elections were decided with 
only a 37 per cent vote. The people interested in the spending 
of t ond money helped to carry the elections. The remainder of 
th voters did not care what happened. 

As long as the municipal bond money lasted, everything was 
rosy in the City Hall. Now that there is a prospect of the 
municipal employees having to wait for their salaries, there is 
wailing and gnashing of teeth. 

Nothing brings a community to a realization of the benefits 
of economy, more than a financial stringency. The only way 
for San Francisco to meet the present unpleasant emergency 
is to reduce its terrific overhead expenses. The municipal work 
could be performed by a private firm with one-third the city 
force. 

The bonded debt, however, cannot be cut. It is a load which 
will gall the shoulders of the citizens for many a day. The man 
who offers any new excuse for issuing bonds should be jailed. 

In the pruning down of the long salary lists of the municipal- 
ity, which will be forced upon the Supervisors, the fact will be- 
come that city servants are not paid according to their attain- 
ments. While some of the unimportant places have carried 
good pay, other positions have been wretchedly underpaid. 

The salaries of the Civil Service people designated as "Gen- 
eral Clerks," have been less than the janitors and the street 
sweepers. Penmanship, knowledge of arithmetic and other 
scholarship is required of the general clerks. 



Helping the Trusts. 



Like a young spend-— - — - — 
Staggering thrift, who fell heir /vvv 
Figures. to a large estate, i cT 

San Francisco has LL 
spent its ready money and taxed [^ £ 
its credit as well. Treasurer Mc-' » . .^r 
Dougald confesses that the treas-| ALUIlL 
ury is empty. He has no means 
of replenishing it till the taxes' 
come in next winter, and the 
Board of Supervisors cannot 
agree on a tax rate. 

This shortness of municipal 
funds was foreseen long ago, but 
no steps were taken for the en- 
forcement of economy. Every 
applicant for a raise of wages 
was given a ready hearing, if not 
actually welcomed and encour- 1 
aged to stick to his demand. 

In these days of high ex- 
penses, it is proper that muni- 
cipal employees, like all others, 
should have adequate pay. At 
the same time the heads of the 
city government should not for- 
get that the purses of the tax- 
payers are not bottomless. 

One is staggered on perusing 
the figures of public debt in 
California. Not many years ago, 
San Francisco was a city with- 



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The people of the United States 
should not be bled wh : te. in order 
to aid the remainder of the world. 
declares Senator Myers of Montana at Washington. He ad- 
vises the restriction of exports. Congress has appropriat- 
ed $100,000,000 to relieve dis- 
tressed Europe. The foreigner 
can with money lent by Amer- 
ica, buy in American markets 
more advantageously than our 
own merchants and manufac- 
turers. 

American fostering of Euro- 
pean trade, also enables the 
American trusts to squeeze the 
home buyers. Paper, for ex- 
ample, is a great public neces- 
sity and there is a limited sup- 
ply. The paper trust can say to 
the complaining American buy- 
ers "take our paper at the price 
we demand or Europe will get 
it." 

However extortionate the price, 
the American buyer must ac- 
quiesce or close up his business. 
He is ground between the upper 
and the lower millstone — be- 
tween the European demand 
which American loans stimulates 
and the rapacity of the paper 
trust, which is uncontrolled by 
our Government 

The United States has let its 
benevolent schemes distract its 
attention from home abuses that 
sorely need correction. 





Supervisors Schmitz, 
McSheehy and Power, 
voted against the pro- 
posed tax rate of $3.08 
o n Monday. Without 
their votes the levy 
would be illegal. Audi- 
tor Boyle declares that 
Is too high and illegal, 
with or without the 
unanimous approval o f 
the Supervisors. 



The tax levy is undecided. Auditor Tom 
Boyle says it is illegal, and he won't ap- 
prove of it. But of course he will. You 
might do the same yourself. Mr. or Mrs. 
Taxpayer, if you were in Auditor Boyle's 
shoes. He means well but he has no moral 
support, either from the taxpayers or the 
press. If he does anything to cut down ex- 
penses he incurs the enmity of that large 
and politically powerful machine composed 
of the civil service employees of the munici- 
pality. They have in their organization 
thousands of votes, and can influence thou- 
sands of other votes. They are a force to 
be reckoned with in elections. 

Boyle has to run again this year for his 
office. Suppose he attempts to stick to his 
announced opposition to the tax-levy? That 
means a lawsuit. It might mean that the 
salaries of all the municipal employees 
would be tied up. What then? Indignation 
meetings would be held. Letters of protest 
would appear in the newspapers. Every- 
thing would be done to break down the Au- 
ditor's decision and nothing to fortify it 



See what has happened in the matter of 
withholding public contracts till the money 
to pay for the work is in the treasury. The 
Charter says that such must be the course of 
procedure. It was upheld last year by Su- 
perior Judge Crothers. Boyle attempted to 
give effect to the decision upholding the 
Charter. Every influence was at once ex- 
erted to intimidate Boyle and not a word of 
encouragement for him was heard from the 
taxpayers or the press. The result is that 
the decision of Judge Crothers might as 
well have been undelivered. Public con- 
tracts are being made without a cent in the 
treasury to meet them. Contractors are 
taking their pay in municipal bonds. That 
is the very thing that was intended to be 
stopped by the Charter provision which 
Judge Crothers upheld. 



San Francisco News Letter 

have changed. They 
fry l^C^/ will not change for 
jLsv the better unless the 

public awakes to the 
fact that high taxes 
bear upon everybody 

in the community, and the poorest citizen 

pays more proportionately than the richest. 

The high taxes are ligured into the cost of 

everything he consumes. 



August 16. 1919 

houses at all will be erected. Nobody will 
wish to buy property. 



The steady rise in rents is causing worry 
all over the United States. In England, too, 
there is a dearth of tenements. Property 
owners are not building new houses. 

In San Francisco, it now costs about $1000 
a room in the erection of modern residence 
and apartment houses. Most owners of 
property consider this rate prohibitive. They 
have no intention of improving their prop- 
erty. 

In England the Government has taken in 
hand the erection of tenements. In this 
country where we are not so socialistic as 
the British. Official interference in the 
United States has been limited to a plan of 
getting landlords and tenants together and 
affecting compromises. 



In New York the Mayor appointed a com- 
mittee under the direction of the Corpora- 
tion Counsel. This committee has heard 
thousands of cases already and its work is 
only commencing. In New York the custom 
is to lease houses by the year. Here, in 
San Francisco, most houses and apartments 
are rented from month to month. The plan 
is bad both for the landlords and the ten- 
ants. The houses could be rented at a lower 
rate by the year than by the month. Land- 
lords would find it advantageous to have 
their places taken for twelve months. At 
present, however, it is considered in San 
Francisco that a lease is binding on the 
owner of the property and with the tenant 
is only a scrap of paper. 

In all the cases that have come before 
the Mayor's committee of compromise in 
New York, the owners have granted conces- 
sions to the complaining tenants. Yearly 
leases were arranged instead of the month 
to month agreement. 



Hetch Hetchy contracts to the amount of 
$5,000,000 have been let without any money 
in the treasury. No statement has been 
furnished of the discount the contractors 
are allowed on these bonds. The course of 
municipal government is a violation of the 
Charter. In tact the Charter is a scrap of 
paper. I don't see how Auditor Boyle is 
going to effect a change. He is the only- 
man who has the power. If he were super- 
human he might use it as former Auditors 
did. But he isn't any superman and times 



A very serious question arises in connec- 
tion with this arrangement of rents by a 
Mayor's committee. The Mayor of any 
American city has no legal authority to fix 
rents. Neither has his officials. Most May- 
ors are in politics as politicians, and run 
their cities as expensively as the tax rate 
will permit. If the taxes are not sufficient, 
the tax rate is raised. 

What will happen if the heads of the 
American municipalities take to fixing rents 
as well as fixing tax rates. The rents will 
be more likely to be fixed in the interest of 
the tenants than the owners. Then no 



Remember that the real property in San 
Francisco is valued at over half a billion 
dollars and provides an enormous revenue 
for the municipality. Heretofore no prop- 
erty in this city, except the gilt edge busi- 
ness property on prominent streets has paid 
satisfactory interest on the investment. Now 
renting conditions are improved, but owners 
have to meet increased taxes. These in- 
creases the owners are shifting to the ten- 
ants and that is where the serious trouble 
looms. Naturally the tenants object. 

It is very unpleasant for the tenants to 
find out that they are being affected by the 
rule of making the consumer pay. In buy- 
ing any commodity the consumer is the last 
one to handle it and he pays what it cost 
in its production. His clothes and food are 
charged for on that principle. He makes 
no objection, except the profiteering be- 
comes as now unbearable. 

In paying ren', however, the consumer is 
nearly always dissatisfied. He cannot, or 
will not. take into consideration that the 
building cost a good deal and its upkeep 
and taxes are a steady charge which the 
landlord has to meet. 

On election day, the tenant is likely to go 
out and vote to increase the load of bonded 
indebtedness. He thinks that the landlords 
will be the only ones to feel it. Now the 
tenant is beginning to realize that he is the 
real bearer of the burden. He finds that as 
taxes go up so does his rent. In many cases 
the increase of rents is much in advance of 
the raise in taxes. Profiteers always are 
grasping. 

Such a condition gives undesirable oppor- 
tunities to the demagogues. It is a bad state 
of public affairs when we have to be appeal- 
ing to our mayors and governors and presi- 
dents to save us from economic hardships, 
as if our elected officials were dynastic 
despots ruling by divine right. Our fore- 
fathers did not do it. With all their alleged 
crudeness. which we now hear so much 
about, they managed to build up a pretty 
fair-sized nation. We should be careful that 
misguided idealists and enemies of law and 
order do not tear it down. 



The very latest in the line of increasing 
the unfortunate taxpayers' load is a propo- 
sition to buy the baths and land of the Sutro 
estate at Sutro Heights. Don't forget my 
taxpaying friends that every foot of land 
you allow the municipality to buy takes that 
much away from the taxable property of the 
community and increases your own burden. 



We have been insane on the subject of 
buying land for playgrounds, etc., etc. The 
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of land which pays no taxes. The Munici- 
pal Railroad pays no taxes. That is one of 
the bad features of public ownership. It 
deprives the citizens of sources of proper 
taxation. Then if municipal enterprise run 
behind, by careless and extravagant man- 
agement, as all public enterprises in a demo- 
cratic government must do, the loss is made 
up in taxation. The unlucky taxpayers get 
it in the neck, so to speak, both coming and 
going. 



The Examiner is boosting the Sutro prop- 
erty scheme to increase taxation. The Ex- 
aminer's role is to keep the community in 
a state of hysteria and sell newspapers. You 
don't find the Examiner's collector offering 
to pay your tax-bills when he comes around 
with his own bill for subscription at the 
end of the month. And you have noticed, 
of course that the Examiner, has like all 
the rest, raised its price. The Sunday edi- 
tion now costs you ten cents instead of five. 
That's one hundred per cent. A pretty good 
raise to meet the increased price of paper. 
I doubt very much if the paper pirates, bad 
as they are, have had the nerve to raise 
Mr. Hearst's paper contract one hundred 
per cent. What a roar we would hear 
against the paper trust if they did. 

The less the taxpayers follow the lead of 
the sensational daily press in issuing bonds, 
and plunging into unlimited debt, the better 
it will be for the community. There are 
over 70,000 people in San Francisco who pay 
tax-bills. They can turn any election. They 
have the balance of power. It is their own 
fault if they allow themselves to be victim- 
ized. 

Another Taxpayers Association, so-called, 
in the field. Properly speaking, it is the old 
association of which the late P. F. Dundon 
was president. Since the death of Dundon 
his organization has been comatose. Some 
politicians are now trying to galvanize ii BO 
as to nominate a ticket of Supervisors and 
boost somebody for judge. The less support 
taxpayers give those camouflaged piece- 
clubs that call themselves "Taxpayers Asso- 
ciations" and "Improvement Clubs" the bet- 
ter for honest citizens. 



Another organization which should be 
placed under the microscope is the BO-called 
Municipal Research Bureau, Ms avowed 
purpose is good. But does It Carry 
original purpose for which Quite ■ bunch pi 
money was subscribed? I don't thin 
The head of the scheme, originally. w;is 
Bruce Cornwall, son of thai sterling an I 
much-respected pioneer, the lata P. B. Corn- 
wail. Mr. Cornwall, Sr.. was an enterpris- 
ing and successful pioneer with large inter 
ests. He was for years at the bead of the 

Republican party In California and died full 
of honors and y« 



Bruce Cornwall gave the Municipal Re 
search Bureau its first impulse. As a tax- 
payer young Mr. Cornwall saw that 
thing must be done to protect the taxi 
or the city would be ruined by extravagant 
politicians His Ideas were correct and 
some public-spirited citltens gladly lent 
their assistance in starting the Municipal 
Research Bureau 



Mr. Cornwall went away to France, serv- 
ing his country, and in his absence the Bu- 
reau pottered along. I am of the opinion 
that it would be better for the taxpayers if 
the concern suspended. It has become a sort 
of apologist for municipal inefficiency. It 
does not encourage extravagance, but it 
fails to turn the light of pitiless publicity on 
the expenditures of public money. 



Whenever the Supervisors are at their 
wits' end to put over some plan of extrava- 
gance the Municipal Bureau of Research is 
appealed to. Some youth representing the 
organization comes forward and makes a 
spiel like a sophomore, discussing political 
economics in a college classroom. The City 
Fathers request that the Bureau devote 
some of its brainpower to the solution of 
the involved problem at issue, and report 
thereon. The rhetorical sophomore pledges 
the co-operation of the Bureau. "It shall 
be done, gentlemen of the Board of Super- 
visors." 

It isn't the report that is "done," but the 
poor taxpayers. They are done up and down 
and every other old way. 



When the report of the Bureau is brought 
before the Board it is found that there is 
an astonishing similarity between what the 
Bureau recommends and what the City 
Fathers desire. The few points of differ- 
ence aren't anything like President Wilson's 
fourteen points. It does not require a refer- 
endum vote of the nation to settle them. 
Supervisor Ralph McLaren questions the 
Bureau sophomore. The sophomore replies, 
in the learned, but opaque terms of political 
economy, and the whole problem is made as 
transparent as city front mud. The Super- 
visors should go ahead and spend the 
money. That is the decision. If there still 
remains any doubt about it. City Attorney 
George Lull is called on to render an "opin- 
ion." Another auger-hole is bored in the 
public treasury. 



I have not time or space this week to 
take up and diagnose the case of another 
noted organization for the relief of the tax- 
payers of San Francisco, which talks a lot 
and does very little in the way of reducing 
the tax-levy. I hope to deal with this bunch 
of patriots later. 

JOHN GROUCH. 




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Smart Women and Blind Pigs. 

The repeal of the "Blind Pig" law has 
made it possible for people to bring their 
own drinks into the cafes, and while many 
and varied are the stories that are going 
around town, of the men and women who 
are taking advantage of this opportunity, 
society women are not as yet "among those 
present," when it comes to turning up the 
empty glass J 

Monday is the smart luncheon day in the 
hotels and at the clubs. This Monday 
brought the usual pilgrimage from Blingum 
and the other fashionable suburbs to the 
haunts of the rarified ramikins and the 
steaming silver chafing dishes served by 
waiters who know their customers so well 
that they can psycho-analyze their orders 
before they are given. At one of the hotels 
I saw a number of empty glasses ordered 
by women who have found a new use for 
the capacious knitting bags which the war 
brought in as a badge of service. The wait- 
ers turned up the empty glasses and out of 
the bags came flasks, and in one instance 
a thermos bottle, filled with the favorite 
brand of cocktail. The focal point for every 
eye these days is on those bottles and In 
not one instance did I see any woman whose 
name is on the accredited social roster avail 
herself of the repeal of the "Blind Pig" act. 
Which does not imply that the names of 
these ladies are not written on some scroll 
of equal importance, but it does show that 
the women of the smart set have not yet 
given their sanction to the custom of carry- 
ing around cocktails or other liquors. 

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Hotel Guests Rushed by Friends. 

One group of Burlingame women met in 
the apartment of one of the permanent 
guests at the hotel and had their cocktails 
served there. The chatelaine of the rooms 
was week-ending with her husband at the 
country home of her sister, but she had 
given orders at the desk that in the event 
that she did not return, the hostess was to 
have the use of her apartment. 

As the members of that luncheon group 
came trooping into the elevator, with the 
grateful aroma of the cocktail blending with 
the favorite Paris blend of their perfumes, 
I heard one say, "I am going to give a party 
here next week — I must ask Blank if she 
will let me use her rooms — I think its going 
it a bit too strong to bring it into the dining 
room oneself — but this is a lovely way." So 
evidently hotel guests are going to be 
rushed by their house-keeping friends for 
the privilege of using their quarters as a 
sort of bar between friends! 

© © © 
No "Hooverizing" on Private Stocks. 

Still on the subject of the vintages that 
once flowed through the land of milk and 
honey, be it observed that those who make 
any pretense of smart hospitality are serv- 
ing the usual amount of liquor. The question 
was generally discussed before prohibition 
and the consensus of opinion was that most 



people would serve wine on special occa- 
sions only, and thus expand the contents of 
the cellar to meet the circumference of the 
passing years. But a friend tells me that no 
one has put the brakes on down the penin- 
sular way and whether it is a dinner of 
two, or ten or multiplies of ten, the usual 
amount of liquid refreshment, beginning 
with cocktails and ending with liquors, Is 
served and of course this drain on the aver- 
age private stock is going to create an arid 
waste in many of those dark and cobwebby 
places where now the bottles are piled high. 
One or two hosts have tried to "Hoover- 
ize" on liquid refreshments but there has 
been so much after gossip at the club about 
these "tight-wads," and so frosty has been 
the atmosphere of the party that these very 
conservationists have redeemed themselves 
immediately afterwards by inviting guests 
and handing everyone the key to the cellar — 
which no longer hangs on the same ring as 
the front door latch key, but should be sym- 
bolized in platinum, set in diamonds. 

© © © 
Herman Oelrichs Popular Here. 

Herman Oelrichs is evidently going to 
commute to these parts and take an active 
interest in the estate which belongs to his 
family. Each visit brings him in closer 
touch with the local society and his popular- 
ity is in the ascendent — even those who 
thought him a bit New Yorky for a chap 
with a grandfather named Fair, have peeled 
the rind off his manner and have become 
his friends. Incidentally the matchmakers 
who are always willing to make calculations 
in their heads that no mathematician 
would attempt to work out on paper are go- 
ing around gaily making predictions that 
his affections as well as his business inter- 
ests are responsible for these trips. 

© © © 
Mrs. Neilson Rides to Adventure. 

Motor trips are the mode of the hour and 
have been for more hours than even a 
trained horse can count, wherefore it is 
more surprising to hear of a long journey 
by horseback these days than it is of one 
by aeroplane. 

Therefore there is so much interest in the 
horseback jaunt which Mrs. J. Leroy Neil- 



son (Helen Nicholl) has just written down 
in the book of her adventures. She could 
not inoculate any of her friends with her en- 
thusiasm over the possibilities of such a 
trip so she set forth with her gallant steed 
and left cities, towns and villages far be- 
hind and spent a week or two in the moun- 
tains putting up at any shelter that the 
night and the inns scattered along the way 
offered. Friends motoring along the high- 
ways in high-powered ease have no idea, 
she says, of the joys of cantering along on 
a horse and poking into the by-paths. These 
same friends say they had no idea of the 
sort of courage she possessed, for it takes 
more than any of them lay claim to, to set 
forth on a trip of this sort within a caval- 
cade of escorts. 

© © © 
Liggetts to Have Interesting Home. 

General and Mrs. Hunter Liggett have de- 
cided to remain at the St. Francis Hotel 
until all their furnishings have arrived, and 
are installed in the Fort Mason house, which 
is being thoroughly renovated for the Com- 
mander of the Western Division. The Lig- 
getts were stationed in the Philippines for 
a number of years and Mrs. Liggett went in 
for collecting real Oriental objects of art, 
instead of the junk which so many tourists 
and army people annex, only to find that 
they have acquired impedimenta instead of 
enriching their background. The Liggetts 
have wonderful Japanese and Chinese 
things as well as a few of the choicest things 
from the islands and their home will doubt- 
less be one of the most interesting places 
in these parts. 

© © © 
Tobin Takes the Trail. 

At one of the fashionable and expensive 
mountain resorts in the high Sierras the Ed- 
ward Tobins have been enjoying all the de 
luxe relaxations offered at that altitude for 
those whose bank accounts and breathing 
apparatus balk at nothing. 

At a nearby resort, equally disdainful of 
sea levels but planned for purses with mod- 
est inflation, there tarried for a time a gen- 
tleman whose fame as a mixerologist ex- 
tended from one end of Nevada to the neth- 
ermost bit of sage brush. Now it so hap- 
pened that the other guests were all Califor- 



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nians and few of them knew that the hand 
that occasionally reached across the bar for 
soft drinks was used to serving strong 
liquor from the other side. 

Mr. Tobin took his favorite riding horses 
into the mountains and spent most of his 
time in the saddle. He was a conspicuous 
figure, not only because his aristocratic 
mounts were better than the sturdy animals 
provided by the local stables, but also be- 
cause even his riding coats had the wide 
black band of mourning stitched on the 
sleeve. In fact if the black band had not 
signalled to the contrary, there were times 
when the guests from the plebeian hostelry, 
unaccustomed to sharp appraisals of horse- 
flesh, might have mistaken their fellow- 
boarder for Tobin, so closely did they re- 
semble each other, and so much time did 
both spend on horseback. 
© © © 
A "Double" Hits Another Trail. 

Banker Tobin in his long rides must have 
taken in all the deep splendors and vast 
beauties of the mountains but he doubtless 
never even registered the fact that he had 
a "double" in those parts. To this day he 
may not know that that "double," riding in 
search of something that cannot be found 
for sale, saw fit to impersonate him and 
went forth on his quest with a black band 
stitched on his sleeve. At a private camp 
he got nearly a flask of the fire-water, with 
a tale of mishap that included a lady with 
broken bones lying in anguish a mile or 
two further on up the mountain; at the lit- 
tle town further down the road there were 
stories for days about "that fellow Tobin 
from San Francisco," and not until the 
owner of the hotel that had housed the ex- 
Nevada bar-keeper came into town and told 
how he had had to invite said gentleman 
to hit it again for the sagebrush, did they 
know the real Identity of the thirsty horse- 
man. 

© © © 
Mrs. Carolan's Stolen Jewels. 

The Hotel St. Regis in New York does 
not propose to lose, by default, the suit for 
$20,000 brought against it by Mrs. Francis 
J. Carolan of San Mateo County, who al- 
leges negligence of the defendant in allow- 
ing her valuable jewelry to be stolen from 
her last December. The answer of the hotel 
people to Mrs. Carolan's complaint has just 
been filed in New York. 

Mrs. Carolan has charged that jewels to 
the value of (80,000 were stolen from her 
apartments in the Hotel St. Regis. A ring 
valued at $10,000 was recovered last May. 
The complainant therefore sued for $20,000. 
She asserted that, to a woman of her posi- 
tion in society, jewels are as necessary as 
gowns and she had to carry them with her 
at all times Instead of depositing them in a 
safe. That fact the hotel management knew. 
she alleged, and was guilty of negligent-.- in 
not insisting upon her depositing the jewels 
in the hotel safe, when she temporarily left 
her room. 

The defendants do not deny that the Jew- 
els were stolen but declare there was no 
negligence on their part They also assert 
that the legal liability of a landlord is lim- 
ited by the Now York law to $250 for any- 
thing taken from a safe and $500 for any- 
thing stolen from a room. 

Mrs. Carolan is a daughter of the late 



and California Advertiser 

George Pullman, of sleeping-car fame. Her 
husband, Mr. Carolan, has been one of the 
celebrities of the Burlingame polo field. She 
is noted for her talents in amateur theatri- 
cals. 

© © © 
Miss Hamlin's School Remains. 

The exclusive school, so long and so suc- 
cessfully, conducted by Miss Hamlin, will 
remain at 2230-32 Pacific Avenue and 2119- 
2123 Broadway. It will not be removed to 
the Hotel Rafael, as was hoped by represen- 
tative citizens of the suburban town. 

At the request of a San Rafael committee, 
Miss Hamlin inspected the Hotel Rafael and 
took under consideration the proposition to 
utilize it for her educational institution. 
After mature reflection she decided to re- 
new, for three years, her lease of the pres- 
ent location, which she thinks is most favor- 
able to the furtherance of its ideals. 

As now placed in one of the most exclu- 
sively residence sections of the city, the 
school is removed from the objectionable 
noise and distractions of ordinary urban life. 
It commands a magnificent view of San 
Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate, Mt. Tamal- 
pais and the hills of Marin and Contra 
Costa. 

The surroundings of San Rafael are also 
picturesque, and its climate delightful, but 
against those advantages are the distance 
from the city and the inconveniences of 
ferry service. 

Extensive renovation is being done at the 
Hamlin School and when the pupils return, 
after the summer vacation, they will find a 
practically new structure. The decorators 
are busy and architecturally the school will 
be all its noted preceptress desires. From 
the educational point of view it has already 
attained a very high standard. 

The general course of study covers all 
that is required for admission to the best 
colleges whether upon examination or certifi- 
cate. The members of the faculty have all 
been chosen with care from the leading uni- 
rersities and educational institutions of the 
United States and Europe. 

In such a carefully conducted school as 
Miss Hamlin's it is impossible that students 
can remain backward In their work. Fre- 
quent tests are given to enable both a pupil 
and hor teacher to discover whore special 
help is needed. The full on operation of the 
parents is sought 

Special courses are given In Miss Ham- 
lin's School for the specific object of fitting 
a pupil to moot intelligently, the practical 
problems of the home and her well-being. 

The most convincing proof of the merits 
of the Hamlin School Is the long list of stu- 
dents now prominent and respected In the 
locletj of the Pacific Coast, whom it 
qualified to move In the world of fashion and 
wealth ;is well as of usefulness. 

9 © © 
Del Monte Features. 

Elaborate preparations are being made at 
I'll Monte for the Pacific fleet week. August 
25 to August 31. There will be a round of 
out-door features and many dinner dances. 

The California State Golf Championship 
from August M to September 9. Is assured of 
many entr 

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The Hotaling lawsuit continues to remind 
people that a family disagreement had bet- 



ter be settled, even without gloves, in the 
privacy of the home rather than the glare of 
a tribunal of justice. 

© © © 
The passing of Andrew Carnegie, removes 
from the earthly turmoil one of the great- 
est of philanthropists. His monuments are 
the libraries he gave. At 60 he still treas- 
ured his dream that the United States and 
England could be united under one ruler. 
At 80 he fully realized that it was only a 
dream. 



OUR BEST LOVED MERCHANT. 

The decoration of Mayor Rolph with the 
Cross of the Legion of Honor by the French 
Government, was rendered all the more 
pleasing to the recipient by a congratula- 
tory speech from Raphael Weill. Consul-Gen- 
eral Neltner pinned on the decoration and 
our most esteemed of merchants and club- 
men made the occasion memorable by an 
address. Not often does Mr. Weill speak 
publicly, but no citizen can command a 
more attentive and friendly audience. It is 
granted to few men as to him to increase 
their popularity the longer they live, and 
steadily add to their list of loyal friends. 



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ENGAGEMENTS. 

EYRE-MADISON. — Tuesday Miss Elena 
Eyre, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry 
Eyre, announced her engagement to 
Marshall Madison, son of Frank Madi- 
son, and until recently a captain in the 
Marine Corps. 

HAAS-LITCHFIELD— At an elaborate din- 
ner party Saturday evening at the fam- 
ily residence, Dr. W. E. Haslehurst an- 
nounced the engagement of his sister, 
Mrs. Vera Haas, to Frank Summer 
Litchfield. 

RAAS-WALDROP. — The engagement has 
been announced of Miss Marguerite 
Raas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. 
Raas of San Anselmo, and Uda Waldrop, 
well-known musician of this city. 

REDMOND-ANDERSON— The engagement 
of Miss Lillian Frances Redmond to Ed- 
win Albert Anderson has been an- 
nounced. 

WEILHEIMER-ROSS.— Mr. and Mrs. J. 
Weilheimer announce the engagement 
of their daughter, Pauline, to George 
Walter Ross. 

WEDDINGS. 

ADDISON-SHAFTER — Miss Alma Addison 
and Edward H. Shatter of San Fran- 
cisco were married in Honolulu August 
3d. 

DIXON-TOWNE. — Miss Mary Dixon and 
Arthur Towne were married on August 
11 at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. A. 
G. Towne in Pierce Street, Bishop Wil- 
liam Ford Nichols officiating. 

DOWELL-PAGE. — Announcement has been 
made in Los Angeles by Mr. and Mrs. 
J. W. Dowell of the marriage in San 
Francisco of their daughter. Miss 
Easter Dowell, to J. Clarence Page. 

GLEXN-SMALL.— Miss Nancy Glenn, daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Glenn, 
and Captain Barrett R. Small, son of 
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Small, were married 
on Thursday evening at the Fairmont 
Hotel. The Rev. F. W. Clampett read 
the ritual. 

HAYCOCK-BIRD— Miss Gladys Helen Hay- 
cock of San Francisco and Harrison 
Grant Bird of Bakersfield, were married 
on July 29 by Rev. J. W. Hagerman of 
St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 

MORONEY-MARKS — Miss Mary Genevieve 
Moroney and Edmund W. Marks were 
married Tuesday at the Paulists' 
Church. 

NICOL-HAWLEY. — At a simple ceremony 
at the Church of the Advent on Wednes- 
day afternoon, Mrs. Colin Nicol was 
married to Walter A. Hawley of Santa 
Barbara, with the Rev. W. B. Kinkaid 
officiating. 

TRIMBLE-DE ROPP.— Miss Margaret Trim- 
ble and Harold de Ropp were married 
on Wednesday in Santa Barbara. 

VAN LEITH-BOUWMEESTER.— Miss Annie 
Van Leith, daughter of Lieut. Col. and 
Mrs. A. Van Leith of Java, was married 
on Wednesday at the First Presbyte- 



rian Church to William Bouwmeester, 
an officer in the Holland navy. 

LUNCHEONS. 

t'UCKBEE. — Miss .Margaret Buckbee, who 
is soon to leave for school in New York, 
was the honored guest on Friday Pt a 
luncheon given at the Palace by Mis:, 
Janice Ewer. 

DE REGIS.— Countess Echevarria de Regis 
entertained at luncheon this week at the 
Palace for Miss Helen Moore, prior to 
her departure for Long Beach. 

DUTTON. — Captain and Mrs. Henry Foster 
Dutton were hosts at luncheon at the 
St. Francis Hotel on Saturday after- 
noon. 

FRANZ. — Mrs. Charles H. Franz was hostess 
at a luncheon at her home in West Clay 
Park Saturday in honor of her daughter- 
in-law, Mrs. Carl Franz. 

GRACE. — Miss Geraldine Grace was hostess 
at a luncheon at the Woman's Athletic 
Club on Saturday afternoon in honor of 
Miss Virginia and Miss Frederika Mo- 
Kenney. 

McGINN. — Miss Helen McGinn waa hostess 
at an informal luncheon at the Woman's 
Athletic Club recently, entertaining in 
honor of Miss Florence Johnson and 
Mrs. D. I. Buckingham, both of Michi- 
gan. 

POPE. — Lieutenant-General and Mrs. Hun- 
ter Liggett were the honored guests at 
a luncheon given by Mr. and Mrs. Geo. 
A. Pope at their beautiful home in Bur- 
lingame, Sunday afternoon. 

SLATTERY. — Mrs. Harold Paul Slattery 
was the hostess at an informal lunch- 
eon Tuesday at her home in Yolando 
in honor of Mrs. Henry Bernard Miller. 
DINNERS. 

FLOOD. — On Saturday Mr. and Mrs. James 
L. Flood entertained at dinner a group 
of friends of their daughter, Miss Mary 
Emma Flood, as a compliment to Miss 
Eleanor Donovan of Baltimore. 

GERSTLE. — Monday evening Major and 
Mrs. Mark Gerstle were hosts at a din- 
ner which took place at their home on 
Washington street. This affair was in 
honor of General and Mrs. Liggett. 

GILLESPIE.— Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Gillespie 
were the hosts Tuesday night at a din- 
ner which was given at their home in 



honor of General and Mrs. Hunter Llg- 
get. 

JONES. — Colonel Jones was host at a din- 
ner dance at Rainbow Lane, Saturday 
evening in honor of Mrs. Henry E. 
Crampton and her daughter, Miss Helen 
Crampton. 

LIGGETT. — Wednesday evening General 
and Mrs. Liggett were the honored 
guests at a dinner over which Dr. and 
Mrs. William B. Coffey presided. 

MULLALLY. — Colonel Thornwell Mullally 
was host at a dinner party at the Palace, 
in the Rose Room, last Thursday even- 
ing, in honor of Lieutenant-General and 
Mrs. Hunter Liggett. 

RYAN. — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fortune 
Ryan were hosts at a beautifully ap- 
pointed dinner at the St. Francis Mon- 
day evening. 

TEAS. 

McCAIN. — Mrs. William A. McCain enter- 
tained recently with a delightful tea in 
honor of Mrs. J. B. McDonald, wife of 
Brigadier-General McDonald. 

R'NEHART. — Miss Halcyon rtinehart was 
hostess at a tea on Saturday afternoin 
at the St. Francis in honor of Miss 
Grace Adams. 

WEEK-ENDS. 

BRADFORD.— Mr. and Mrs. James R. Brad- 
ford passed the week-end at Los Gatos, 
where they are having a beautiful coun- 
try home built. 

HOUSE-PARTIES. 

LONDON. — Mrs. Jack London gave a house- 
party at her ranch home. Glen Ellen, in 
Sonoma county in honor of Miss Phyllis 
Partington, who is spending the mid- 
summer here with her relatives. 

ROSSETER.— Mr. and Mrs. John Rosseter, 
who have been away for months had a 
reunion of some fifty or more of their 
friends at a house-party which they 
gave over the week-end at their ranch 
in Sonoma county. 

SMITH.— Mrs. Ernest Smith and Mrs. Frank 
Deasy gave a small house-party, at their 
cottage in Ross Valley, over the week- 
end. 

ARRIVALS. 

ASHTON.— Miss Helen Ashton has returned 
to the United States after a six months' 
visit to France, where she was with the 
Red Cross canteen service. 

BREUNER. — Mrs. John Breuner and her 
daughter. Miss Mildred Breuner, have 
returned from a visit through the Ca- 
nadian Rockies and the Northwest. 

BISHOP.— Mr. and Mrs. Cortland Bishop, 
who have been stopping at the Fair- 
mont, have returned from a motor trip 
to Lake Tahoe. 



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August 16, 1919 



and California Advertiser 



DAVIS. — Lieutenant-Colonel Duncan Davis, 
U. S. A., returned a few days ago from 
France, where he served for two years 
with the Quartermaster's Department 
of the Army. 

HURT.— Mr. and Mrs. J. Buchanan Hurt of 
Memphis, Tenn., have arrived in San 
Francisco and are guests of Mr. and 
Mrs. George A. Crutchfleld at their Hugo 
street home. 

MACONDRAY. — Miss Mary Elena Macon- 
dray has returned from Santa Barbara, 
where she has been visiting her aunt, 
Mrs. Macondray Moore. 

McINTOSH.— Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Mcintosh 
and Mr. and Mrs. Dallas B. Pratt of 
New York City arrived at the Fairmont 
this week. 

PAYNE. — Arthur Payne, who has been 
away for two years on overseas service, 
has returned to his home in Menlo Park. 

REQUA. — Mrs. Mark L. Requa and Miss 
Alice Requa, who have been passing 
several days in Santa Barbara, have re- 
turned to their home in Piedmont. 

SHEA. — Miss Katherine Shea, who has been 
East four or five months has returned 
home. 

STONE.— Col. Charles B. Stone, Jr., return- 
ed to this city from France Wednesday 
and joined Mrs. Stone and his children 
at their home in Pacific avenue. 

TAYLOR. — Dr. and Mrs. Armstrong Taylor 
arrived home Wednesday after a visit 
at Del Monte. 

TICHNER. — Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Tichner 
have just returned from a pleasant visit 
to Portland and Seattle. 

WALDRON— Mrs. Richard Waldron. Jr., of 
Los Angeles arrived in San Francisco 
Monday and has joined her cousin. Miss 
Eleanor Davenport, at her apartment on 
California street. 

DEPARTURES. 

BRENHARD — Lieutenant-Commander A. D. 
Brenhard, U. S. A., and Mrs. Brenhard. 
who have been making their home at 
the Fairmont, left Saturday evening for 
Los Angeles. 

CAROLAN. — Francis Carolan and a party of 
travelers, including Mr. and Mrs. D. T. 
Murphy and Miss Chesebrough, left re- 
cently for Vancouver. 

CROCKER- Mr and Mrs C. II Crocker of 
San Francisco, accompanied by Mr. and 
Mrs. J. H. Moulton of Los Angeles, left 
Thursday for Banff. 

FORD.— Colonel and Mrs. Harry O. Ford 
have left for Spokane, where the former 
will be stationed In the future. 

HKLLKR.- Mr. and Mrs. K. S. Heller hHvo 
gone for a stay of several weeks at 
Lake Louise. 

HEWITT- .Mrs Henry Kent Hewitt, who 
has been visiting her mother. Mrs Ran- 
dell Hunt, for several weeks, left on 
Monday for Annapolis. 

MOORE.— Mrs. John R. Moore left Satur 
day for Rawlins, Wyoming, to Join her 
husband. 

MOI.ITOR Mrs B Molltor and her little 
daughter left last week for the East, 
from which (hoy will sail for Bru- 

PETERS— Mrs. J O. Peters and her daugh- 
ter. Miss Anne Peters, left on Friday 
for Santa Barbara, where they will 
spend a few weeks at the Hotel Belve- 
dere. 



INTIMATIONS. 

ADAMS. — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Adams have 
been spending the past fortnight in 
Chicago. 

BARTON . — Interesting visitors in the city 
are Sir John and Lady Barton, who are 
at the St. Francis for a few days on 
their way to their home in England by 
the Oriental route. 

CHAPMAN. — Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chap- 
man will go south soon to visit Mr. and 
Mrs. William Randolph Hearst at the 
latter's ranch, San Simeon, in San Luis 
Obispo County. 

DE ROPP. — Mr. and Mrs. Harold de Ropp 
whose wedding was a brilliant event in 
Santa Barbara a few days ago, are 
gueBts at the Palace Hotel. 

HAMMOND. — Mrs. Richard Hammond is 
visiting friends in Cheyenne. 

HINTON— Dr. and Mrs. H. C. Hinton, par- 
ents of Mrs. Harry Evans, are here from 
their home in Trenton, N. J., for an ex- 
tended visit. 

LANSDALE. — Mrs. Philip M. Lansdale of 
San Francisco, is passing the summer 
with her sister, Mrs. George Pillsbury, 
in Montecito. 

MARYE. — Mr. George T. Marye spent a few 
days with the Rudolph Spreckels family 
in Sonoma county. 

MULLIN. — Colonel and Mrs. James Mullin, 
who have been visiting the latter's sis- 
ter, Mrs. J. B. Thorne, In this city, leave 
soon for London. 

NEWTON. — Miss Florence Newton of Wash- 
ington is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Edwin 
Dimond at Menlo Park. 

RAWLINGS. — Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Raw 
lings, who have been guests of Mrs 
Alexander Warner for three months 
will return to Peru early in September 

SESSIONS— Mrs. David R. Sessions and 
Miss Marie Jeanette Sessions are en 
joying a vacation at Tahoe. 

SOKOLOFF .- Mr. and Mrs. Nikolai Sokol 
off. who have been visiting Mrs. John B 
Casserly at her home in San Mateo, will 
leave next week for their home In Clove 
land, Ohio, 

I'PHA.M — Mrs. Isaac O. Upham has been 
entertaining several guests at her coun- 
try home on the Russian river 

ZANE- Mrs Randolph Zane and her small 
daughter. Miss Marjorle Zane. are visit- 
ing In this alt) 




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August 16, 1919 



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Many New Numbers at Orpheum. 

Six new acts make their bow at the Or- 
pheum this week though not their initial ap- 
pearance in San Francisco. Of these six 
there is none that can claim the white light 
of a headliner. Harry Watson, Jr., takes 
us back to those only too recent days of 
the telephone strike, by his antics in a 
phone booth when he struggles with oper- 
ator, phone, booth, packages, and his own 
patience, but fails to get his "connection." 
There is nothing in the act to imply that 
such a proceeding on the part of the tele- 
phone company and operators is possible 
only during a strike. The two operators in 
this little skit are certainly ornamental, if 
not telephonically proficient. As "The 
Young Kid Battling Dugan," he brings down 
the house with his make-up and boxing 
match, a lively enough battle for any fight 
fan. 

Frances Dougherty, of Western fame and 
friends, as evident from the applause and 
number of bouquets, is billed as the "Girl 
with the Irish Smile." She sings an Irish 
melody and does a lively Irish clog, as well 
as a variety of other songs, and her smile 
is certainly a friendly one. Madge Maitland 
is also on this week's bill in a feminine solo. 
She has some new comedy stuff, songs and 
jokes, but her chief asset is her face, with 
which she manages to do the most startling 
things, putting it through contortions that 
are ever amazingly new. 

"Pianoville" is a delightful musical bit, 
and rather different in that George E. Reed 
is assisted by three girls and three pianos. 
If one closed the eyes, it would be easy to 
believe that it were only one girl and one 
piano, in such unison do the three play. 
Reed introduces the act with a song explain- 
ing "Pianoville" and adds a bit of comedy 
as well as other songs to the number. 

Billy Mason and Alice Forrest are a lit- 
tle better than the usual team. Mason has 
a lot of energy and a pleasing personality, 
while Miss Forrest is an unusually attrac- 
tive girl who can also sing and accompany 
her partner proficiently. Steve Juhasz 
buncoes the audience in "Bunkology." He 
has an easy time doing it, apparently a 
pleasant time as well, and the audience en- 
joys it even down to his bunkoed victims. 

The Chinese Band, held over from last 
week. Is offering a new program of classic 
and popular music. They open with the 
overture "Orpheus," include a Chinese Sere- 
nade played on Chinese instruments and a 
variety of lively jazz and dance numbers. 
The band has met with a reception that 
must, indeed, be pleasing to themselves and 
their able leader, Thomas B. Kennedy. 
Madame Nadje, in some athletic stunts, and 
the little playette "Discontent," are the re- 
maining numbers on this week's bill. Georgie 
Olp and Clare Oliver are the principals in 
"Discontent" and last week they managed 
to get a favorable verdict from the Orpheum 
audiences. 



''Sinners" Scores Success at Alcazar. 

From comedy to melodrama, from chuck- 
ling last week with the Alcazar Players in 
"Here Comes the Bride," to holding our 
breath in intensely dramatic situations in 
"Sinners" this week, the Alcazar Company 
is proving its versatility and winning ever 
increasing patronage. "Sinners" is the pow- 
erful play written by Owen Davis, in which 
Alice Brady scored one of her biggest suc- 
cesses and which had an extremely long 
run in the East. Needless to state, none of 
the Alcazar players had the advantage of 
seeing a performance of it, but they have, 
in every case, created their roles most effi- 
ciently and artistically. It has character 
types of both the big city and the small 
community and draws striking contrasts be- 
tween metropolitan and rural life, showing 
up the good and the bad of both. "Sin- 
ners" is full of clever lines, has many a 
thrill, and conveys a timely message with- 
out any deadly moralizing platitudes. 

Miss Belle Bennett finds a broad scope 
for dramatic acting in the part of the coun- 
try girl who falls among city sinners, and 
she does the part admirably. But on the 
opening night she graciously shared honors 
with Emelie Melville, whose name appears 
now and then on Alcazar programs when 
there is a motherly part for her to fill. 
Emelie Melville needs no introduction, 
either to Alcazar audiences or audiences the 
world over, and she proves herself more 
than worthy of the mother role in "Sinners." 
Optimistic, cheery, and looking for the good 
she knows to be in everybody and every- 
thing, she has no regrets for what she does 
not know of city life. The sympathy of the 
audience is with her from the beginning and 
to the end. 

Robert Edeson created the role of the 
California mine owner which has fallen to 
the lot of Walter P. Richardson this week, 
and the latter fills it with his usual under- 
standing and cleverness. 

The two popular players, Emily Pinter 
and Henry Simmer number among the sin- 
ners of the peace-seeking fast set of Broad- 
way. Miss Pinter is the country girl who 
has found it impossible to keep soul and 
body together when she gets to the city, 
and keep straight at the same time. As 
Willie Morgan, typical rounder, Shumer 
adds to his reputation of a clever character 
actor. 

To Miss Jean Oliver, as Polly Cary, friv- 
olous and money-seeking sinner, fall many 
of the most humorous lines of the play, and 
she puts all her lines over in excellent fash- 
ion. Miss Edna Shaw, as Sadie, the coun- 
try girl employed as a servant in the home 
of the Hortons, does especially good work 
in that role. Thomas Chatterton's stage 
name this week is Dr. Simpson, and 
Vaughan Morgan has a small role but is the 
victim of most of the comedy. Rafael Brun- 
netto, as an hypocritical church member, 
makes an excellent villain. In fact, this play 
is one that gives large opportunities to 



many, if not all of the company, and in each 
case the opportunity has been made the 
most of. 

The staging and settings are up to the 
usual high Alcazar standards and the ex- 
terior in the last act is very charmingly 
executed. "Sinners" will go down in stage 
history as one of the best dramas ever pre- 
sented in stock in San Francisco. 

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Jass Version of Aladdin at Columbia. 

While the New York and Chicago theatri- 
cal world is going through the throes of an 
actors' strike, the Columbia Theatre here is 
a riot of fun, color, light and gayety such 
as has not illuminated local theatredom in 
many a moon. 

There are many San Franciscans who 
take in the New York shows and then come 
back and take out on the rest of us their 
quarrel with the productions that eventually 
make the road. Of course there are plenty 
of these to prick the bubble of our pleasure 
over Chin-Chin by telling us that compared 
to the brilliant original production it is as 
a feeble candle light. No one can look over 
the chorus and suspect that it is peopled 
with haughty beauties who glorify the New 
York productions. But at that there are 
enough pretty girls to satisfy the roving 
eye. The scenic effects have doubtless been 
tailored to road measurements but at that 
they surprise and please. The principals are 
not the same as those who made New York 
jelly with mirth for several seasons, but 
they are excellent doldrum chasers at that, 
and create a riot of fun for a responsive 
audience. Of course all the song hits and 
catchy music of Chin-Chin long ago whis- 
tled their way into popularity and the music 
has the familiar lilt of the greeting of old 
friends. 

Everyone knows that the story of Chin- 
Chin is a syncopated version of Aladdin's 
Lamp, rubbed with plenty of Jazz. Walter 
Wills and Roy Binder, who are the servants 
of the lamp and anything else that the ec- 
centricities of the plot demand, set the fast 
pace for the show and leave most of the 
others several laps behind. They are both 
extraordinary dancers, and do whirlwind 
stunts that eliminate time and space. 

Wills burlesques Paderewski, a circus 
rider, an ordinary human being, a mandarin 
or any old thing with equal agility and 
mirthful provocation. The little Chinese 
maid who dances with him has rubber bones, 
and is a young whirlwind, herself, deserving 
special mention. She lisps when she talks 
but there is nothing like a lisp in her danc- 
ing. 

George Usher is the Aladdin in love with 
a Yankee girl, and Edna Peckham supplies 
the charm and beauty for that role. It is a 
long cast — in fact the production is almost 
as heavy with people as with scenery. 
Joseph Robinson, English Cody, Richard 
Bosch, Betty Orme, Jessie Walsh, Ethel 
Lawrence, Nora Seiler, Marie Cavanaugh, 

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A very important piece of news, which I 
heard today, is that the city is certain to 
be sued within a few days to stop Jim Rolph 
and the Supervisors from giving Hetch 
Hetchy bonds, instead of money, for the 
$5,000,000 contract entered into with the 
Utah Construction Company. The Utah Con- 
struction is a fiscal branch of the Mormon 
Church. The company is one of the biggest 
and most reliable construction concerns in 
the United States, which is equivalent to 
saying that it is the biggest and best in the 
world. 

• • • 

The character of the Utah Construction 
Company, however, has nothing to do with 
the lawsuit that is about to be filed and the 
preliminary work of which has all been 
carefully done. The crux of the legal dis- 
pute is to be that the Mayor of San Fran- 
cisco and the Supervisors cannot enter into 
any contract for the performance of public 
work as has been done. There is no money 
in the treasury to meet the contractors' de- 
mands for the $5,00,000 job, which the Utah 
Construction Company has undertaken. 
There is no pretense that there is money 
in the treasury. Mayor Rolph and the Su- 
pervisors are boldly proceeding to prove 
that the Charter of the City of San Fran- 
cisco is only a worthless scrap of paper. 
The Charter was explicit in Us declarations 
that money must be In the treasury before 
contracts for public work is let. That pro- 
vision was inserted to prevent the very 
thing which Is being done with bonds. 

• • • 

It will be passed up to the courts to de- 
cide whether the Charter is only waste 
paper. The public will learn on what terms 
the Hetch Hetchy contractors will get the 
bonds 

• • • 

Who Is taking the trouble to bring this 
suit and tie up the $5,000,000 contracts for 
building the Hetch Hetchy dam and other 
enormously expensive work on the power 
scheme which Is camouflaged as the "bring- 
ing of pure mountain water to San Fran 
Cisco?" 

• • • 

There is such a woeful lack of public 
spirit in San Francisco in the matter of 
fighting municipal infringements of the 
Charier that any attempt at checking the 
violators of organic law is sniffed at as 
waste of energy. "Some politicians about to 
run for office," is the usual comment on the 
plaintiff in an action to stop municipal ir- 
regularities. 



The suit against Rolph and the Supervis- 
ors, which is about to be filed, is being 
brought by no politician. The suit is part of 
a serious and well thought out plan of San 
Joaquin irrigationists to put it to the test 
in the courts, and if necessary carry it to 
the tribunal of last resort, whether munici- 
pal officials are servants of the people or 
dictators whose acts are above the law. 

The money necessary to carry on the liti- 
gation has been subscribed and the legal 
talent engaged. The hearing of the case 
will give the citizens of San Francisco an in- 
sight to the conduct of municipal govern- 
ment which they need. 

* * * 

More important than the suit to restrain 

Mayor Rolph and the Supervisors from pay- 
ing for Hetch Hetchy work with discounted 
bonds is another action which is about to 
be brought by the Modesto Irrigation Dis- 
trict of 80,000 acres, to prevent San Fran- 
cisco from ever getting its water supply 
from Hetch Hetchy. 

* * * 

The News Letter has many times told the 
public that it was being misinformed as to 
the alleged friendly attitude of the San Joa- 
quin people towards the Hetch Hetchy 
scheme. 

* • « 

The idea has been industriously spread in 
San Francisco that the Modesto Irrigation 
District was satisfied with the arrange- 
ments to give them some of the water of 
the Tuolumne River and let San Francisco 
have the remainder. The truth is that never 
have the Modesto people been agreed that 
the Tuolumne water they believe Is abso- 
lately essential to the irrigation of their re- 
gion, should be taken as a water supply for 
San Francisco while there are other sources. 
they say. more available and cheaper of de- 
relopment 

• • • 

San Francisco Is conducting work in the 
Hetch Hetchy under the provisions of the 
Raker Hill Thai bill provides that a lot of 
very expensive work shall be done, and done 
continuously, by San Francisco, and If left 
undone this city shall lose all right, title 
and interest in the Hetch Hetchy. But there 
Is something more vital than that in the 

Raker Bill. 

• • • 

The joker In the Raker Bill, on which the 
Modesto Irrigation District hopes eventually 
to estop San Francisco In Its appropriation 
of Hetch Hetchy water. Is that all matters 
of dispute between the irrigationists and 
the metropolis shall be decided by the State 
courts. It Is not Washington that shall have 
the last word, but the courts of California, 
and in that kind of a legal fight the Modesto 
Irrigation District lelleves It has a good 

fighting chance. 

• • • 

The Modesto Irrigation District people 
threw their hats into the ring years ago. 



They are now ready to follow their castors 
and start a battle royal. They will lose no 
opportunity to block San Francisco and pre- 
vent it from forming an alliance of Bay 
Cities for the appropriation of Hetch 
Hetchy. They think that they have already 
split the proposed combination and that the 
split will widen. 

* * * 

In the background of this battlefield of 
the irrigationists and the metropolis, looms 
the Spring Valley holdings which engineers 
say the city will be eventually forced to 
purchase. How can it purchase the Spring 
Valley supply, if the Hetch Hetchy bonds 
are largely used up in the development of 
an electric power scheme. 

* * * 

The more closely the thing is looked into 
the greater the tangle appears. The im- 
pending litigation will do as much to un- 
ravel it. 

* * « 

It is understood in business circles, I hear, 
that the Utah Construction Company, which 
has been awarded the Hetch Hetchy, $5,- 
000,000 contract has no immediate intention 
of marketing the bonds it is to receive in 
payment. It will hold the bonds, itself, for 
some time. Few contracting companies could 
afford to do that. Most contractors try to 
discount municipal bonds before they actu- 
ally get possession of them. 

. PLEASURE'S WAND. 

tlnued from I'li^f lo.) 
Blanche Argoe and Margaret Sharpe are 
some of the well-known people who are ad- 
mirably cast in their respective roles. 



Orpheum Headliners. — The Orpheuni an- 
nounces a bill composed of headline acts for 
next week. It includes Emma Haig and that 
clever comedian Jack Waldron, who has just 
returned from France, where he was one of 
the Argonne Players of the 77th Division. 

Trlxle Frlganza will play a return engage- 
ment. 

William L. Gibson and Regina Connellt 
will appear In Aaron Hoffman's New York 
success "The Honeymoon." 

The Bradnas from Europe and Australia, 
ambidexterous comedians will present a 
quaint hat manipulator act. 

"Smiling" Hilly Mason and Alice Forrest: 
"Planovllle." featuring Oeorge Reed and 
atria; Juhast in his hit "Bunkology-" the 
latest Hearst Weekly, and Harry Watson. 
Jr.. as "Young Battling Kid Dugan." will be 
the other numbers In the fine bill. 



Crane's Great Comedy. — The Alcazar Is 
sure of being crowded all of next week, 
when William II. Crane's admirable comedy- 
drama "The New Henrietta." will be pre- 
sented. The piece has never been acted 
here before, except by Crane, who has a 
place In the hearts of all San Frai 
playgoers. Walter P. Richardson, who will 
play the delightful role of "Old Nick" Van 
Alstyne. featured It for two years In Aus- 
tralia before he became leading man of the 
popular Alcazar Company. First presents, 
tion of "The New Henrietta" at Sunday 
matinee, tomorrow. 

The Brat" was so successful at the Al- 
cazar daring Its single week that It will be 
revived for a farewell week, beginning Au- 
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Haughty Evangeline 



By Janet Henderson 



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For a pretty twenty-three-year-old bru- 
nette, you never saw a more dignified girl 
than Evangeline used to be. You'd think, 
when I first met her she had stepped out it 
the pages of one of them early Victorian 
novels, where the heroines are the pinks of 
perfection and abhor cigarettes, paint, 
strong expletives and hoop-skirts any 
wider than a circus tent. 

Evangeline's father and mother are lively 
people. It looked as if Evangeline was try- 
ing to make up for their frivolities. 

At Santa Cruz last month, an embarrass- 
ing thing happened to Evangeline. I was in- 
directly the cause. 

I was the only bachelor at the boarding 
house, but Evangeline never had any more 
to say to me than "Good morning. Mr. 
Smith." though generally 'twas foggy 
enough to cut the ocean ozone into bricks. 

I was down in a sheltered nook at the 
sea beach one morning, trying to read a 
book and fell asleep behind a big rock. A 
voice that sounded familiar woke me. It 
was young Ethyl Gillipers, the cousin of 
Evangeline calling to her. I couldn't see 
Evangeline for she was on the other side 
of the rock. Neither of the girls had any 
idea that I. or any other person was around. 

Young Ethyl was wading in the surf in 
flapper style. She had her frock pulled up 
to a degree that would have been impossible 
for a public exhibition. She was frolicking 
around like a mermaid. 

"Come in Evangeline. It's fine!" she kept 
screaming. 

Finally Evangeline went out. and I must 
say that the ankles she exhibited were a 
revelation. I always thought she was a 
shapely girl, but never dreamed she was in 
the front-row-movie-chorus class. 

I couldn't resist taking a second peek at 
the exhibition though 1 felt, it was a low- 
down trick to sit there and play Peeping 
Tom. I'd have made a sneak and got away 
up the shore but was afraid the girls would 
have seen me and thought I had been pur- 
posely spying on them. 

I concluded to take up my book and re- 
sume my reading. Of course they had to 
begin talking out loud about me. It's always 
the way. Listeners hear no good of them- 
selves, the proverb says. 

Believe me I heard nothing complimen- 
tary. Evangeline started to roast me to a 
finish and meantime she kept raising her 
tight skirt higher and higher. 

"I guess I'll even things up Miss Evange- 
line by watching your solid foundation as 
long as you're hammering me," I said to 
myself. They certainly were some — limbs. 
Not of the piano stool variety. But all 
symmetry — regular Venus de Milo — or some- 
thing. 

I forgot all about my book and Just watch- 
ed and listened. 

"I think Mr. Smith just lovely," said little 
Ethyl. 

"A big lobster." was Evangeline's com- 
ment on me. 



"You'd jump at the chance, Evangeline, if 
he asked you to many him," taunted Ethyl. 

"I'd drown myself first." retorted the 
owner of the beautiful — limbs. 

An unexpected breaker gave her a foretaste 
of drowning sooner than she expected. It 
was one of those racers that sneak in shore- 
ward and scatter you up the beach, if they 
hit you midships. 

The racer caught Evangeline on the right 
spot and she did somersaults and head-spins 
and as many other acrobatic stunts as a 
Japanese tumbler. 

I rushed out of my hiding place and re- 
gardless of my new $90 suit and $20 shoes, 
did the distressed-maiden-rescue-act in what 
I considered a discreet and creditable man- 
ner. 

Evangeline was profuse in her thanks as 
soon as she got the whirligigs out of her 
head. Ethyl was sniggering and giggling 
like a monkey with a peanut. The whole 
three of us got out on dry sand, and the 
two girls, after a hurried survey of the dam- 
age to their clothes, began to wigwag each 
other with the gestures and lip movements, 
and the other dumb language of the sex 
when discussing a secret in the presence of 
mere man. 

"Evangeline has lost something." ex- 
plained Ethyl. 

"A brooch," said Evangeline. 

"Hard to find it in the sand — but I'll try." 
I said, and waded in with my new suit and 
those precious shoes. I poked around with 
my cane. No sign of the brooch. All that I 
could see was a long piece of elastic bobbing 
around in the wavelets. 

"Did either of you lose this ?" I asked 

fishing the article up on my cane and dang- 
ling it." 

"It% one of Evangeline's supporters." 
cried the giggling Ethyl. 

"Nothing of the kind, you little story- 
teller." blurted Evangeline, getting very 
red." 

"I'll throw it ashore anyhow," I said, just 
as another wave hit me in the $90 coat- 
tails. 



"It doesn't interest me in the least what 
you do with it, Mr. Smith," said Evangeline 
in her most dignified manner, and she 
started up the beach as if to walk home, a 
mile away, with the salt water dripping 
from her like a bursted waterpipe. 

"Hadn't you better sit down on the big 
rock, and I'll run up to the boarding house 
and get my car?" I asked. 

"Oh, sure, Mr. Smith," said Ethyl. "That 
would be grand and after we change our 
clothes we can go for a ride on the boule- 
vard." 

When I got back with the car the girls 
were as spruce as you could make them, in 
their wet clothes, and I could see nothing of 
the elastic supporter I had tossed on the 
beach. Evangeline was sitting posed on the 
rock and I thought how nicely she had re- 
arranged her hosiery, for her ankles were 
perfectly scrumptious. 

"It's so kind of you, Mr. Smith — to bring 
your car." she said as we started home. 

After lunch, when we were taking a spin 
along the boulevard I heard Ethyl remark 
quietly to Evangeline, "Mr. Smith isn't such 
a big lobster as you thought — Is he?" 

"I never thought anything of the kind — 
and you're a mean little cat. to say so," re- 
torted the dignified girl. 

• * * * 
Everybody says that the three-room apart- 
ment Evangeline's mother picked out for us 
is a perfect dream. Ethyl says its a dream 
and a "pippin." 
(Copyrighted, 1919, by Janet Henderson.) 



HIGH CLASS CONCERTS AT TECHAU 
TAVERN 

.Many a high-priced concert is less delight- 
ful than the nightly program offered by the 
Show Girl Revue Corps at Techau Tavern. 
This organization has been strengthened by 
the addition of a number of fine vocalists 
who sing with taste and charm. Dance fav- 
ors are presented every evening, including 
Sunday and are greatly appreciated by both 
ladles and gentlemen, the former receiving 
the mist bewitching Kewpie Dolls, and the 
latter large boxes of Melachrino cigarettes. 



— — Now they're talking of an extra session 
of the Legislature to discuss the Asiatic 
problem. Fine idea. Scatter the public 
money. The State's bonded debt has only 
been increased $147,000,000 in seven years. 



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MISS HAMLIN'S 

BOARDING AND DAY 

School for Girls 

AT 2230 PACIFIC AVE. SAN FRANCISCO 

Will Reopen Monday, September I 

High School, Grammar and Primary Departments, with French School 
for Little Children 

Fully accredited by the University of California, Leland Stanford Junior University 
and by Eastern Colleges. Address 

SARAH D. HAMLIN. M. A. 



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Manufacturers and other businessmen are 
beginning to appreciate the value of insur- 
ance against loss from striking workmen 
and in consequence there is much more ac- 
tivity in the distribution of this class of 
insurance throughout the Pacific Coast. 
This interest has been augmented by the 
recent labor disturbances in the East. The 
labor situation here is unsettled although 
there have been few disturbances outside 
the strike of the telephone girls and electric 
works of last month, but there are sufficient 
threats from dissatisfied employers to cause 
apprehension on the part of employers. All 
this has brought numerous inquiries to the 
local agents and brokers and the public is 
being gradually educated in the value of 
this kind of insurance protection. 

* * * 

The recent activities of the Fire Protec- 
tion Bureau of the Pacific throughout the 
territory of the local agent has also re- 
dounded to the laters profit in many ways. 
The local agents of numerous cities, espe- 
cially those of Fresno, Bakersfield, Modesto 
and other large towns, have been called 
upon both through their local organization 
and individually, to lend their assistance in 
an educational propaganda with the result 
that a larger volume of business and wider 
acquaintance has been secured. 

* * * 

To meet the inroads of inter-insurers and 
reciprocals automobile rates for fire, theft 
and transportation, property damage and 
collision are to be cut from 25 to 40 per cent 
on the Pacific Coast, providing the approval 
of the National Conference can be secured. 

* • • 

The industrial development of the aero- 
plane is no longer the mere phantom of the 
Sunday supplement writer. Every day finds 
a new and an entirely practical use for nir 
transportation. Army records, showing that 
there has been only one fatality for every 
235,000 miles traveled in air, will do much to 
allay the common belief that air travel Is 
exceedingly dangerous and will conse- 
quently further the industrial use of planes, 
especially as passenger carriers With ilu> 
development of the industry there is i cr 
tain to he an increasing demand for insur- 
ance coverage in all forms oonnaoted with 
the operation ami maintenance of aircraft*. 
Ailing upon this belief many companies arc 
already prepared to do their share in the 
furtherance of the industry In offering the 
necessary cover 

* • • 

R. P. Flood, of the West OOMBt Life's homo 
office force has baM sent to Manila as the 
company's cashier at that point Mr Flood 
recently was with the Navy. 

* • • 

Among those having prominent positions 
on the program of the American I-ife Con- 
vention meeting to be held at Omaha. Neb. 
September LM to M, are Charles W Helser. 
vice-president of the West Coast Lit 
Frances v K. esling. vice president and gen- 



eral counsel for the same company. The 
subject of Mr. Helser's address will be "Edu- 
cating the Public;" that of Mr. Keesling, 
"After the War Problems." 

* * * 

W. W. Jaquette is now special agent for 
Chapman & Nauman, covering Northern 
California, with headquarters at San Fran- 
cisco. 

* * * 

C. T. Collins has been appointed special 
agent for the Continental, Fidelty-Phenix 
and American Eagle, succeeding George L. 
Mclntyre in Southern California. 

* * * 

G. L. Goodell has returned from the wars 
decorated with the Croix de Guerre, and the 
title of captain and has resumed his old po- 
sition as special agent for the London & 
Lancashire in Oregon. His headquarters, as 
formerly, will be Portland. 

* * * 

Robert B. Wallace succeeds Geo. W. 
Dodd, resigned, as special agent in the 
mountain field for the National Fire. Mr. 
Wallace was formerly special agent for the 
Sun, covering Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kan- 
sas. Mr. Dodd's resignation was occasioned 
by illness. 

* • * 

Harry L. Roff, of San Francisco, has re- 
ceived from the home office the fifty-year 
service medal of the Home Insurance Com- 
pany of New York. It Is of gold and car- 
ries upon Its face the inscription: "Pre- 
sented to Harry L. Ron" in recognition of 
fifty years' continuous representation of the 
Home Insurance Company." The decoration 
was accompanied by a cordial letter from 
President E. G Snow 

* • • 

Lamping & Co. of Seattle, have been ap- 
pointed genera] agents for the Cleveland 
National Fire covering the States of Wash- 
ington and Oregon. The Cleveland National 
has recently been licensed by these 81 
In California it is represented by the .1 F 

Magee general agency. 

* • • 

Stipulations in the contract made by San 
Francisco with the Utah Construction Com 
pany which will construct the Hatch-Hatch} 
dam provide that all compensation 
age by contractors or subcontractors shall 
he placed with the state fund exclusively. 



At Fred Solaris Grill. Geary and 

Mason, you find a beautiful, incomparable 
cuisine, dancing and de luxe entertainment 
The star entertainers this week are Al H 
Horde and Hetty Moore from the New York 
Knickerbocker Grill, and Astor Roof show, 
and Phyllis Yorke. recently of the Kolb and 
Dill Company The dancing music is fur- 
nished by the augmented Jazi Orchestra. 
on the main floor. 



Congress has been informed by the 

dissatisfied railway workers that we are "on 
the verge of the vol, .,no." That's comfort- 
ing The cauldron can't be much worse. 



-Wedding Presents: The choicest variety 
to select from at Marsh's, who is now 
permanently located at Post and Powell 

Streets. 



-Eppler's Bakery and Lunch, High Class 
Cooking, 886 Geary Street. 



When You Think of Photographs 
Remember the House of 

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TWELVE STUDIOS IN CALIFORNIA 

41 Grant Avenue 

San Francisco, Cal. 



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BEST'S 
ART SCHOOL 

1625 CALIFORNIA STREET 



Life Classes 
Day and Night 



Illustrating 
Sketching 
Painting 



Mrs.Richards' 
St. Francis Private School, Inc. 

AT HOTEL ST. FRANCIS 
AND 2245 SACRAMENTO STREET 

In tii. Lovall W nca 

open Agefe 3. t<> l.v 

Public \ti ks and curriculum. 

Indii LduaJ instm. Uon. French f. ilk 

(folly tn .ill departments. S 

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wi*. »i piano and Composition 

1090 EDDY STREET 
Phone Fillmore 1581 



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Offices, 908 Market St.. Third Floor 
Telephone Garfield 835 



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Established 1855 
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San Francisco News Letter 



August 16, 1919 



1 ■ -■ - ■ ■ ■ - • - - ' ■■ ' - ' ' ■ ' - ■ •■- ■ ' 



The Motor Car 



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By R. R. l'Hommedieu 



In the parlance of the gambler "Let us 
make our chips count." Today California 
has everything to attract the motoring tour- 
ist. We have scenery, climate and boule- 
vard roads out into the open country. 

It is more than other States in the Union 
can boast of, but we should not let it stop 
there. These are what might be termed 
material things and therefore, there is still 
another side that must be considered. It is 
the human interest. 

California has been noted for its hospital- 
ity. The State is world famous in this re- 
spect but today are we not forgetting our 
reputation in this respect? Are we not slight- 
ing the visitor that comes within our gate 
with his motor car? 

Charles H. Kaar, a new member of "Auto- 
mobile Row," in this city, who before com- 
ing to the city was identified with the auto- 
mobile industry as one of the leading deal- 
ers of the San Joaquin Valley, points out in 
an interview that we are missing an oppor- 
tunity of upholding our reputation for hos- 
pitality when we do not pay more attention 
to the visiting motorist. 

"Time and again I have been asked how 
to get around San Francisco by motorists 
coming up the valley. They know it is a 
big city and have a fear of getting lost," 
says Kaar. 

He has suggested that all the ferry boats 
entering the city should carry large maps 
of the city with information as to the traf- 
fic rules, and especially those sections that 
explain the whistle systems through the 
traffic district. 



This has caused us to stop and ponder 
over the question of what we can do to 
make California more attractive to the vis- 
iting motorist. We are hospitable. We 
have inherited it from the men who made 
this State, when they trudged over the 
very same roads that today are the motor 
highways into the State. 

They are the men of "The days of '49" 
that had a hearty handshake and a happy 
"howdy" for the man as he came into camp. 
We are forgetting this handshake and 
greeting, if we listen to the opinion of Wil- 
liam L. Hughson, one of the leading mem- 
bers of the motor car industry on the Pa- 
cific Coast. 

Mr. Hughson was approached with the 
question "How can we make California 
more attractive to the visiting motorist?" 

His answer was right to the point when 
he said "Don't wait until he has pried his 
way into your front parlor before you greet 
him. but go out and welcome him at your 
front gate. 

"There is many a tourist who travels 
from one end of the State to the other that 
goes through it a stranger as much as it he 
was traveling through a foreign country. 

"He has to bump into our traffic officers 
to learn our traffic laws, go miles out of 
his way to find his right road and is gener- 



ally as bad off as a ship at sea without a 
rudder. 

"Lets go out and meet him at our gates. 
It will not cost much and will not only save 
our reputation for hospitality but will add 
much to making the State the touring para- 
dise of the United States. 

"Let us establish information bureaus on 
all the roads into the State, right at the 
State line. Not at the nearest city or town 
but right on the line. 

"Erect buildings, where during the open 
season, there will always be someone on 
hand to greet the visitor and give him a 
welcome and all thp information that he de- 
sires. 

"In the North we could have big redwood 
gateways similar to those used at the en- 
trances to the Redwood Parks, and in the 
South orange trees and roses. 

"Let the visitor know that he is welcome 
by signs telling him to stop and get all the 
information he will need while within our 
State, free of charge. 

"This undoubtedly sounds fine, but who is 
going to pay the bills, someone will ask. It 
could be a State institution paid for out of 
the tax levy, for everyone would be benefit- 
ed by the increased numbers of strangers 
coming West. 

"If this is not possible then it would be 
a paying investment for the different com- 
mercial bodies of the State. There would not 
be more than ten points that would have 
to be covered. The outside cost would not 
be over $5,000 a month, a very small amount 
when it is distributed amongst all the Cham- 
bers of Commerce. 

"In the latter case who would institute 
these stations would naturally come up for 
consideration, so that every section would 
get its full benefit. This question can be 
more easily disposed of than any of the 
others. In Northern California the Califor- 
nia State Automobile Association has al- 
ready made a reputation for Itself as being 
the greatest help to the motorist of the 
Northern section that has ever been organ- 
ized. 

"In the South the Southern California Au- 
tomobile Association has achieved a like 
reputation for the Southern section, there- 
fore, knowing that these two associations 
will give every section due credit for its 
attractiveness and its possibilities, commer- 
cial and otherwise, they would be the logi- 
cal ones to establish these welcoming bu- 
reaus at the State line. 

"But what we need most of all is not so 
much discussion about all the things we 
ought to do, but a lot of action doing some 
of the things we know we should do. 

"Let us make a start right now by putting 
someone at the State line to say 'Howdy.' " 



The rapidity with which the airplane is 
establishing itself in the commercial life of 
San Francisco is reaching beyond the con- 
ception of the public. 

The average person still looks upon the 



airplane as a sort of stunt invention, akin 
to the circus wagon. They do not appre- 
ciate that it has been taken out of the 
hands of the "dare devils" and become one 
of the greatest commercial factors of the 
future through the intense development dur- 
ing the war. 

What this really means can be appre- 
ciated from the announcement of Earl P. 
Cooper, distributor for the Curtis airplane 
that he is closing a lease for a 100 acres 
close to San Francisco for the purpose of 
establishing a service station, training 
school, testing grounds and an aerodrome. 




William L. Hughson, one of the Leading Mem- 
bers of the S. F. Automobile Trade, Says: "Let's 
Say 'Howdy' to the Stranger as He Enters Our 
Gate." 

• • * 

Many a good brand of lubricating oil has 
had Its reputation tarnished by poor carbu- 
retion. An improper mixture delivered to 
the cylinders will increase carbon to an ab- 
normal degree, is the opinion of Thomas H. 
Elkington, Miller carburetor distributor. 

The present day gasoline of low degree 
contains more or less paraffin or asphalt 
and when this gasoline is not properly vap- 
orized this paraffin or asphalt is when car- 
ried into the cylinders mixed with the lubri- 
cating oil and when burned creates an 
amount of carbon much greater than Is the 
result where a perfect vaporizing takes 
place. 

The owner generally blames the lubricat- 
ing oil for excess carbon while, In fact, the 
carburetor is at fault. The result is that he 
makes a change, trying some other kind of 
lubricating oil, which very often makes con- 
ditions even worse. 

The two most important things in the 
operation of a gas engine is perfect carbure- 
tlon. The item of cost in these two points 
are one which must not be considered by 
the owner. The best is the cheapest at 
any cost. 

It is well to remember if excessive car- 
bon appears first, make sure the carbure- 
tion is right, and then investigate the lubri- 
cating oil. 

• • * 

Of interest to owners of various kinds of 
motor vehicles, is the State Motor Vehicle 
Department's approval of the Diamond Sig- 
nal, for use in all types of machines where 
the driver cannot indicate, by hand, his in- 
tention to stop or turn. The auto law is 
strict on this provision, which applies to 
every inclosed car, sedan, coupe, limousine, 
taxicab and truck. 

Such motor-propelled cars as make it 
impossible for the driver to signal by hand, 



August 16, 1919 



and California Advertiser 



15 



must have an electric, or automatic device, 
on the rear of the car to show how it ia 
about to turn, to right or left, or when ready 
to stop. The signal must be visible by day 
or night. 

A certificate of aproval has been issued 
to the Diamond Signal Company of 1207 
Van Ness Avenue by the Motor Vehicle De- 
partment of California. Electric wiring for 
the device is reduced to a minimum and all 
is of the armored type. Owners of motor 
vehicles requiring a signal device are sub- 
ject to a fine if they neglect to install it. 



THE WORLD AFLAME 
A special review of Frank Keenan's 
drama, "The World Aflame," will be held 
in the Colonial Ball Room of the Hotel St. 
Francis, on next Monday evening, August 
18th, at 8 o'clock. 

Cards for the review have been sent out 
by Mr. Chas. Pathe and a critical audience 
will assemble to pass its judgment on the 
timely drama in six acts. It is said to be 
a burning message to those who wish to 
have more and to live better. 



VACANCY FILLED 
The vacancy caused by the resignation of 
Edmund D. Shortlidge. Sr., Vice-President 
Sons of the American Revolution, was filled 
by the election of former junior vice-presi- 
dent, Donzel Stoney. A. B. Cooper of the 
board of managers was elected to the office 
of junior vice-president. The resulting va- 
cancy on the board of managers was filled 
by the election of Thos. Earl. 



There are many garages in town and 

the motorist is often in a quandary as to 
where to go, especially for permanent 
service. There are very few who give 
you the quality of service of Dow & 
Green, in Taylor Street, between O'Far- 
rell and Geary. Here your car will re- 
ceive something more than the "once 
over," and the prices are moderate. 

SUMMONS. 
IN THR SUPERIOR COURT OF THE SI 

OF CALIFORNIA IN U*D FOR THE <MTY 
AN1> COUNTS OF SAN FRANCISCO 
ETHEL TRA1 

Plaintiff. 
PHILLIP TRAU, 
vs. 

M I . I 1 1 I 

Action brought in the Sup i of th<> 

State "f California In .-in. I for tii<- City and 

County of S:i .i Francisco, and tti mplalnl 

Med I" the <'iu >l the Count] Clerk <•< 

said Cltj and County. 
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CAU 
FORNIA BEND GREETING TO: 
Phillip Trau, i pfendant 

SOU ARE HEREBY REQUIRED to appear 
in an action brought ;ic:iinst you by tii- 
ii imed Plaintiff In the Superior Court 

si:ii California. Hi ami for the City and 

tj -if S:ui Francisco, and to answer the 
Complaint Med therein within ten 
elusive ol the day •>( service) nft.-r th.- 
on v>" »f nils summons, if served within thii" 
lunty; or if served steswhore within 
thirty iia\s 

ill.- s:ii.i action is brought to obtain a J<alK- 
ment and decree of thl« Court dissolving the 
bonds of matrlmonj now existing hi 
plaintiff and defendant, on the around of de- 
fendant's Failure i also for genei 
li.-f. as will more fully appear In thi 
on tiio. to which special raferen.ee Is 
made. 
And you are hereby notified that unli i 
and answer as above required, t 1 
Plaintiff will take ludgmenl for any mon 

damages demanded In tii tmplalnl as arising 

upon contracl or will apply to the Court for 
any other relief demanded In the complaint 

OrVEN under my hand and the S 
lit of the State of Cs 

and foi md Counts of San Fi 

this -.'1st ,l:i 

II. 1 MULCREA I 
lt\ I. l WELCH. Deputy rierk. 
.1 kMES W COCHRANE and 
PEROT 11 O'BB 
Attorneys for Plaintiff. 
433 Monadnook 



"Mere tough luck," whispered his 

wife. "Well, what now?" he muttered. "You 
know Miss Green never sings without her 
music?" "Yes." "Well, she's brought her 
music." 



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Give Satisfactory Results When Given Proper Attention 

We specialize on electrical equipment, storage 
batteries, etc. and guarantee satisfaction. 

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^YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK AND THE BIG TREES % 

California's Great Scenic Attraction 

Tlir 'I 

YOSEMITE VALLEY RAILROAD 

Taking you in a scenic trip through the Merced River and Box Canyons to El Portal. 
The Park Gate. 

Our trains from Merced have commodiots and luxuriant Observation cars from which 
beautiful views along the line can be obtained. Trains of this railroad make dose con- 
nections at Merced with those of the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe Railroads. 

The Vosemite National Park Company operate an Automobile Service between our 
terminus at El Portal and the Valley, over a very fine macadam road, sprinkled dally; 
assuring no dust to mar the pleasures of the trip. 

The Automobiles of the Yosemite National Park Company pass In full view of many 
of the scenic features and Natural Wonders. El Capitan. Bridal Veil Falls. Half Dome. 
Vosemite Falls and many other beautiful scenes. 

Side trips may be made from El Portal and Yosemite to the Big Tree Groves. 

Bay Round Trip Tickets Via The 

YOSEMITE VALLEY RAILROAD CO. 

To Yosemite and the Big Trees 

ROUND TRIP FARES FROM MERCED TO YOSEMITE, $13.50 

Sea any Railroad ticket agent for folders and rates, or address 



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Merced, California 



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San Francisco News Letter 



August 16, 1919 



The Money Makers 



The venders of oil stocks and securities, 
in general, that have not complied with the 
requirements of the State law regulating 
corporations, were much perturbed last 
week when they saw in the News Letter, the 
list of evasive companies issued by Commis- 
sioner of Corporations E. C. Bellows as a 
warning to California investors. 

No other newspaper or periodical but 
the News Letter published the list, though 
it was the wish of the Commissioner 
of Corporations that the information should 
have the widest possible circulation. Only 
by full publicity can the public be made 
acquainted with the dangers of buying 
stocks and bonds that have not complied 
with the provisions of the State law. 

Commissioner Bellows has stated in his 
circular that the provisions of the State law 
are not onerous. Stock sellers are not sub- 
jected to serious expense or trouble. Why 
then should any legitimate corporation de- 
sirous of marketing its stock hesitate to file 
with the Commissioner of Corporations the 
information required by the State? It is an 
offense against the State to withhold from 
the Commissioner of Corporations the facts 
which the State law specifies. It is illegal' 
to sell stock without having obtained author- 
ity from the State Commissioner of Corpo- 
rations. 

Commissioner Bellows appears to have 
started on an intensified campaign against 
companies that are exploiting the local field 
without obtaining a State license. The Com- 
missioner has just issued a notice to all 
publications, that they render themselves 
liable to the penalties of the Corporate Se- 
curities Act by carrying advertisements of 
the unlicensed foreign companies now seek- 
ing to sell their securities in this State. The 
list as received from the Commissioner fol- 
lows : 

Gilbert True, Jaggers-Wallace, Texas Col- 
onel, Texas Control, Silver Cycle, Brown 
Comanche, Advertisements of Dunbar & 
Company, Pullman Oil and Refining Com- 
pany, The Invader Oil Company, Swastika 
Oil Co., Billie Burke Oil Company, El Paso 
Duke Oil Company, Thomasson-Mallory Oil 
Co., Abner Davis Trustee Plan Oil Produc- 
tion, Pipe Line and Refinery, Capitol Petro- 
leum Company, Ground-Floor Syndicate, 
The Mucklestone Oil Company. Paramount 
Oil Company. Poor Man's Chance Oil and 
Refining Company, Twin Lease Oil and Re- 
fining Company. Eagle Oil and Gas Com- 
pany, Texas Crude Company, by Petroleum 
Securities Co.; Hardshell Mining Company, 
by Tenney, Williams & Co.; Gypsy-Burk, by 
Moffett & Co.. Atlas Petroleum Corporation, 
by Winslow, Taylor & Company. 

"It is obvious," Commissioner Bellows 
says, "that corporation which find it neces- 
sary to evade the provisions of the Corpo- 
rate Securities Act are not organized for 
the benefit of the investing public. An in- 
itial examination and subsequent supervis- 
ion by the State Corporation Department 
may be obtained by a company at a nom- 
inal cost and the aim of the department is 
to have corporations generally conform to 
the standard of integrity that has been mani- 
fest among the decent corporations of Cali- 
fornia, both before and after the law went 
into effect." 



AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND 



BANK OF NEW SOUTH WALES 



l ESTABLISHED 1817] 



Paid-up Capital. . . . 

Reserve Fund 

Ueseive Liability of 
PSOpifatBE 



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30th Sept., 19] i 




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. 15,125.000.00 



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.$54.17.1.600.00 



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SIR JOHN RUSSELL FRENCH, K. B. E., General Manager 

330 BRANCHES and AGENCIES in Hie Australian Slates. New Zealand, FIJI. 
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London Office : 



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Agencies — Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank 

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The San Francisco Savings and Loan Society 



COMMERCIAL 



SAVINGS (THE SAN FRANCISCO BANK) 

526 CALIFORNIA STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. 

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JUNE 30. 1919 

Assets $60,509,192.14 

I '• I "«its 57.122.1S0.22 

Capital Actually Paid i"p 1. 000.000.00 

Reserve and Contingent Funds 2.387.011.92 

Employees' Pension Fund t m ;;u6!s5j' ii 

OFFICERS. 
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A. H. it. SCHMIDT, Vice-President and Cashier W.M. i >. NEWHOUSE, Assistant Secretary 

E. T. KRUSE, Vice-President GOODFELLOW, BELLS MOORE & ORRICK, 

William HERRMANN, Assistant Cashier Genera] Attorneys 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
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Aggregate Resource 440,300,000 



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Devoted to the Leading Interests of California and the Pacific Coast. 




VOL XCVII 



SAN FRANCISCO, CAL, SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 1919 



NO. 8 



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"The Hungarians are protesting rule of the Archduke," 

announces the Examiner. Let them! The only thing the Hun- 
garians don't protest is goulash. 

Los Angelenos are boasting that their car strike is caus- 
ing no inconvenience. Why should it? Nobody does anything 
in town but blow about "climate." 

Are the movies losing their pep? Only eight in ten of 

the big posters along Market Street last week, had murder or 
felonious assault as their pictorial subjects. 

There is alcohol in small volume in flour, says a Massa- 
chusetts scientist. That's comforting news to the booze fight- 
ers. Eat three or four barrels and get soused. 

"How can the California divorce laws be improved?" 

asks a California woman's club. Not easily. Yet it might be 
possible to grant divorces over the phone instead of having to 
dress all up and ride down to the court. 

It isn't any cinch that if the Federal authorities in San 

Francisco seize cold storage victuals, the H. C. L. won't take 
another flight for the high altitude record. So far things have 
turned out just the opposite to predictions. 

The Smithsonian scientists at Washington, announce the 

invention of a pyranometer which will foretell the heat of the 
sun several days ahead. A priceometer to forecast the raises 
of coffee, bacon and eggs is the real public need. 

First class in arithmetic please stand up and answer! 

"If President Tim Reardon of the Board of Works could lay 
off 600 city employees, as a politico-economic bluff, how many 
could he give the blue envelope to if he was in real earnest?" 

The actors' strike has given New York a chance to lower 

our San Francisco record for once. Wait till we get that Muni- 
cipal Theatre Henry Miller and Blanche Bates want us to 
build. We'll show those Easterners what real speed on actors' 
strikes is. 

We've some distance to go yet to catch up with the pa- 
ternal British Government which has been paying some of the 
unemployed more wages than they could earn. A laborer with 
a houseful of children and a bonus for each could live like a 
lord. But it's stopped on the score of economy. Somebody 
taking the joy out of life all the time. 



The further we bump along the Rocky Road of New Ex- 
periment, the more we begin to think that our forefathers were 
not such lunks as we imagined. Their warnings about "No 
tangling alliances" and "Pay as you go," had more than hot air 
in them. 

Missionaries from Korea keep coming. They can't stand 

the Japs over there, who insist on tearing up hymn books and 
so forth. All right! Leave those miserable yellow heathens to 
Satan. There are lots of native white heathens to practice on 
right here in San Francisco. 

Editors are writing homilies about the deer season hav- 
ing been open only twelve hours, when a Humboldt rancher was 
mistaken for a buck and plugged. Homilies on the bumping 
of pedestrians by reckless motorists are more needed. The 
season for them is never closed. 

Judge Van Fleet in charging the Federal Grand Jury 

said, that the profiteers have raised prices faster than the wage- 
earners. That isn't a slam on the wage-earners though. The 
learned Judge knows that the boys have done the best they 
knew how. And they ain't finished yet. 

The youth who got into print by his story of a suicide 

pact having taken it all back and denied that he walked off and 
left the girl to drown at the Lurline pier, is classified as a Ro- 
manticist by a University professor of Criminology. What is 
the matter with the good serviceable term "Liar." 

The intelligent populace can't make out that new bronze 

plaque on the Post Street wall of the Bohemian Club commem- 
orating Bret Horte. "More money wasted by the Board of 
Works!" they mutter and nose around for the directions to pull 
the fire alarm hook they think should accompany it. 

The Chronicle's statistical dispatch from Chicago, stat- 
ing that food prices were higher after the Civil War than now, 
and laborers got only 75 cents a day, has no economic value. 
It doesn't say whether the laborers ate once a week or a month. 
Now they insist on meals every day and real food. 

The Examiner's Wise Guy in the Sunday "Sup" ad- 
vise, young men to study a book list long enough to start a cir- 
culating library. He should have added "When you have read 
and digested them all you can get $10 a week as a college pro- 
fessor, while San Francisco street-sweepers get thirty bucks." 

The "owls" have to wait a long time these nights for 

the owl cars. Since Demon Rum took the count, honest citizens 
hug the family fireside closer, the railroad managers say. The 
Supervisors should have one of the Camino de Real bells hung 
up in the City Hall and rung as a curfew, so we can go to bed 
with the chickens. 

Ducking U. S. freshmen in dirty ponds, and other intel- 
lectual horseplay was no doubt very popular with our great- 
gTeat-grand-pas in their salad days of college life. But the 
frontier isn't at Berkeley any more. Let's try and be at least 
gentlemen, if we can't be high salaried and distinguished ship- 
yard hands, or lordly plumbers. 

The San Francisco milk drivers have had one put over 

on them by their New York brothers, who demand $50 a week 
or no more watered chalk for the metropolis. Our boys will 
soon make the New YorkeTS look like pikers, as Mrs. U. S. Dis- 
trict Attorney Adams declares the milk combine can't be hit 
by any statute in Uncle Sam's law library. 



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Now the apostles of public puri- 
Sabbath Golfers Beware, fication by legislation, desire to 

have all Sunday baseball, and 
what is more all golf-playing, tabooed. Disobey if ye dare 
o ye obese business men, who carry your clubs around the 
healthful links on the Sabbath and rejoice that the clubhouse 
scales shows a decrease of half-an-ounce of fat. 

Reform in the United States is always hysterical. Never is 
it sane and deliberate. It is always inclined to unwise haste, 
and knows not where to stop with credit to itself and benefit to 
the community. 

Crusades against desecration of the Sabbath, are no novelty. 
Sunday amusements were part of the "abominations and inven- 
tions of the Devil" that were denounced by the Roundheads of 
Oliver Cromwell and all the forefathers of European puritan- 
ism. In the codes of morality which the Pilgrim Fathers en- 
forced, in the new home of orthodoxy on the New England 
States, were the Blue Laws of Connecticut. 

It would not be wise to shoulder a golf bag on the Sab'oath 
and stalk down the main street of New Haven a century ago. 
The town beadle would lay violent hands on you. The Select- 
men of the town would deliver you a needed lecture and name 
your fine. Not unlikely if you repeated the offence, you would 
find yourself in the chair in which "witches" and other danger- 
ous characters were doused in the duck-pond till a good deal 
more than half drowned. 

We still preserve some of the traits of our Puritan forefata- 
ers, and when moved by propaganda, become filled with the un- 
compromising spirit of the old witch burners of Salem, Connec- 
ticut and Boston. Their motto was : "Root and branch, all 
the handiwork of the Evil One must be obliterated." 

Living up to those standards, Massachusetts has put her 
hand to the plow and will not turn back. It is not enough that 
the Demon Rum has been cast down to the darkest circles of 
the Inferno, to gnash his teeth on broken bottles and vainly 
assuage his thirst by licking the labels. Not sufficient is it 
that the seductive Lady Nicotine is on the list as the next hor- 
rible example, and the brand is heating in the furnace for her 
fair forehead. Sunday golf and Sunday baseball must also 
be suppressed. 

The fashionable Country Club cf Springfield, Massachusetts . 
has been interrogated by the Board of Selectmen as to how 
long it shall defy Public Morality and a Just Providence, by its 
devilish practices on the golf links on Sundays. 

"Peanut politics;'' the golfers have replied, but sassir.g the 
Board of Selectmen will do them no good. The witches tnat 
tried that game on the Connecticut and Boston crusaders lean- 
ed their lesson a hundred years ago. Their wicked successors, 
the Sunday golf players, may become wiser in their genera- 
tion and less of a menace to the traditions of the Pilgrims. 

The president of the Springfield Country Club is Ralph P. 
Alden, a lineal descendant, 'tis said, of the famous John of that 
name, who wooed the Puritan maiden Priscilla for his bluff, 
Captain Miles Standish. Mr. Alden is cashier of a national 
bank, and a prominent member of the North Congregational 
Church. In a statement to the press he said: 

"I feel that the discontinuance of Sunday golf will be but 
temporary. Golf is one of the most beneficial exercises in the 
world, and one of the least disturbing as far as the general 
public is concerned." 

That's a poor anti-crusade argument to advance in favor of 
the game on any day, much less Sunday. 

Wine is one of the oldest and least objectionable beverages 
in the world, except water. The wise and pious St. Paul 
advised its use. "A little wine for the stomach's sake." Its 
use promotes temperance by killing craving for strong alco- 
holic liquor. The vineyards of California have been one of 
its glories in the eyes of enlightened and cultured visitors. 

But the witch-burners have put the torch of insensate bigotry 
to them. 



The negro question will not down 

A Smoldering Volcano, though there is an evident desire to 

smother it. Just as slavery was 

glossed over but kept obtruding itself on the public, so with 

the race riots that indicate a smoldering volcano. 

The newspapers by their silence cannot suppress the negro 
question. For several years it has been well known that the 
colored population of the United States, consisting of eleven 
millions was restive. The denial of votes to negroes in the 
South, the lynchings, the Jim Crow ears and other discrimina- 
tion punishments, have served to excite the colored man. Agi- 
tators have been amongst them. The colored leaders, however, 
to their credit be it said, have discouraged agitation except 
within legitimate bounds in newspapers and conventions. Noth- 
ing like conspiracy to revolt against the white government, has 
had the approval of the negro leaders, such as the late Booker 
T. Washington, or Dr. Emmett J. Scott, who was private sec- 
retary to Washington at the Tuskegee Institute for eighteen 
years, and special assistant to the Secretary of War during the 
past few years. The latter post, Scott has resigned to return 
to his work in the center of Afro-American culture, as secre- 
tary-treasurer of the Howard University. 

Dr. Scott thinks that unless all our American ideals and pro- 
fessions of humanity are moonshine, a peaceful and satisfac- 
tory solution of the negro problem will be found. The Ameri- 
can colored man is thoroughly American in sentiment. Dr. Scott 
asserts. During the recent war in Europe the colored people of 
America gave a demonstration of patriotic loyalty, efficiency 
and courage, unexcelled by any other element of our population. 
In the victory parade in Atlanta, an old negro carried a ban- 
ner attesting that eleven of his sons were in the Army of the 
United States. Another colored father in Louisiana gave thir- 
teen sons to the American expeditionary forces. Nearly 200.- 
000 black soldiers served with the colors, creditably, while 
lynch law in America was sending members of their race to the 
stake to be burned. 

It is strange that the American people do not pause to con- 
sider what it means to our national reputation, that human 
beings, white or black, are still burned alive in the United 
States, and in defiance of the lawful authorities. 

Even the South has been shocked by that terrible episode 
in Georgia, where an old negro was burned because he defend- 
ed two young colored women from drunken white youths. 

Commenting severely upon that inhumanity, the Atlanta 
Constitution of July 25, said : "This monstrous affair does not 
concern Georgia alone, but the American Republic as a whole. 
We might as well be prepared to accept Federal jurisdiction in 
crimes of this kind, if our own State has not the courage to 
meet the situation and apply the remedy." 

The Georgia burning, which has forced the Southern press 
to denunciation, was but one of many. In the last eighteen 
months, while American blood was being spilled like water, 
to make the world "safe for democracy," no less than 100 col- 
ored men and women were lynched in the United States. The 
number is greater than ever before recorded in the same period 
of time. 

The horrible affair in Georgia appears more atrocious only 
because it is more recent than other manifestations of savagery, 
that have not been exceeded in the most uncivilized lands. 

The old Georgia negro who was lynched, admitted to shelter, 
the two colored girls who were being pursued by the drunken 
white men. The pursuers beat down his door. He seized a gun 
to defend the refugees and was attacked. He shot one of the 
ruffians and the white mob that gathered sent the courageous 
old black to an awful death. This in the United States of Amer- 
ica, where we are spending countless millions on schools, libra- 
ries and churches, and where we undergo spasms of righteous 
indignation on reading what the "Terrible Turk" has done to 
some Armenians or the Russian Bolsheviks to some bourgeois 
capitalists. 



August 23, 1919 



San Francisco News Letter 



No doubt negroes commit crimes as well as white men. But 
the law should not send one set of criminals to the stake and al- 
low the other kind to escape. 

The recent race riots in Chicago are more serious affairs than 
the burnings of negroes in the South, black as are such blots on 
American civilization. 

The Chicago riots are the outgrowth of labor conditions. The 
negro is leaving the cotton fields of the South and taking the 
places of the foreign white laborers who are returning in large 
numbers to Europe. Immigrants from Europe are not arriving 
to balance the departures. Before the war, 1,000,000 immigrants 
a year arrived at American ports. Computing on that basis 
there is at this time in the United States a labor class of 4,000,- 
000 workers. 

The negro droves from the Southern cotton fields are finding 
more remunerative work in the North and West. They are a 
sturdy race. Many of them are becoming skilled mechanics. 

The white workers find in the competing negro a rival on 
whom they had not reckoned. They began the recent riots in 
the East. The negro retaliated. He is receiving treatment 
somewhat similar to the Chinese, in former years, but the 
Asiatic coolie was an alien and the colored man is a citizen by 
virtue of a great Civil War and a constitutional amendment. 

Civil Wars cannot be fought every month in the year, or the 
Constitution of the United States revised. So the negro prob- 
lem is with us in all its seriousness and can only be solved by 
the exercise of intelligence and humanity. The Ku Klux Klan 
and the Jim Crow ears and the burnings at the stake will not 
settle it. 






The most promi- 
Creel ment and influen- 

Criticized. t i a 1 newspapers 
in New York, are 
i n disagreement over the 
George Creel's book on "Ire- 
land Fighting for Freedom." 
The New York World praises 
it as a useful addition to his- 
tory. The New York Times 
attacks it as a tissue of mis- 
statements, either deliberate 
or otherwise, but calculated to 
discredit the author as one 
worthy of serious attention. 

Mr. Creel in the role of his- 
torian, is an example of the 
suddenness with which repu- 
tations are sometimes made in 
the literary world. Before he 
became censor for the United 
States, and absolute dictator 
in American journalism dur- 
ing the war, George Creel was 
virtually unknown. In a hazy 
way some few people in the 

newspaper world identified him as, "Some newspaper man out 
there in Colorado, that's wild on Socialism." 

Now that he is writing books, Mr. Creel is no longer judged 
in a literary way as a worker in journalism, which is intended 
only for the hour, and generally forgotten in thirty minutes. 

The New York Times says, that Mr. Creel's new book on Ire- 
land "contains a violent attack upon the English Government, 
dilating vehemently upon all the ill it has done to Ireland dur- 
ing eight centuries, and omitting any reference to the good." 

Mr. Creel's book condemns the English-made laws that de- 
prived Roman Catholics of the rights to hold public office. The 
Times points out that those laws applied to England as well as 
Ireland, and for ninety years the Irish Catholics have been on 
the same political equality as their Protestant brethren by vir- 
tue of the Catholic Emancipation Act. 

Navigation laws and tariff taxes that have been abolished 
for seventy years, are also denounced by Mr. Creel as if they 
were part of the present troubles in Ireland. 

Only half the truth about absentee landlords is told by Mr. 
Creel, the Times remarks. That is true. The landlord evil has 
been mitigated by the Land Purchase Act of 1903, which has 
cut up the large estates and enabled the tenants to buy their 
farms on most advantageous terms. To finance the Irish tenant 



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farmers, who have bought out their landlords, over $400,000,000 
have been advanced by the British Exchequer. 

The New York Times declares that Mr. Creel's book is much 
as if a history of the black race in America were written, and 
the horrors of the slave trade dwelt on, but all reference to the 
Proclamation of Emancipation and the Thirteenth Amendment 
omitted. 

The shortcomings of Mr. Creel, as a historian, are very clear- 
ly exposed by the New York Times, but that influential and 
well informed journal itself is somewhat off the track on the 
Irish problem. The Times would evidently have the Catholics 
in the South of Ireland, given self-determination and the Ulster 
Orangemen, who are Protestants, allowed to flock by them- 
selves. 

As all of the Emerald Isle isn't longer than one of the large 
counties of California, it is somewhat amusing to have it di- 
vided because two sets of religionists cannot come together in 
brotherly harmony. 

The plan of bifurcation might appeal to reasonable outsiders 
as a temporary makeshift, till religious toleration in all Ireland 
becomes a more noticeable national characteristic. 

The Irish question has always been complicated by religious 
differences. The Protestants, from the days of Queen Eliza- 
beth, coerced and oppressed the Catholics until the English 
Parliament passed the Catholic Emancipation Act. Now the 
Catholic Irish represent 80 per cent of the entire population, 
and control every county south of Orange Ulster. They intend 
to make laws for the Orangemen also. 

"Sooner will we die with weapons in our hands than be ruled 

by those South of Ireland 
priests," is the slogan of the 
Orangemen, and Sir Edward 
Carson is encouraging them 
to arm for the fray. 

It is a travesty on the Chris- 
tian doctrine of "Peace and 
Good Will Towards All Men." 
that after two thousand years 
two sets of Irishmen are will- 
ing to cut one anothers throats 
for the "Love of Country," 
and the "Greatness and Glory 
of God." 



THE CRUSADE AGAINST EVIL 



It will be a re- 
Thf. Actors' markable oc- 
Strike. currence if 

the actors' 
strike in New York should 
cause the theatrical managers 
to lose their power over their 
performers. The law of sup- 
ply and demand has hereto- 
fore ruled in the theatrical 
business. As there were more 
actors than places for them to 
fill, the managers could pick their people and dictate terms to 
all but the stars, for whose services there was competition. 

There are still more actors than positions, although the mo- 
tion picture producers have created a new field. If the striking 
actors succeed it will be entirely through the assistance of the 
musicians and the theatrical mechanics, who are unionized and 
hold membership in the American Federation of Labor. 

The skilled workers of the United States have learned that 
the only way to maintain wages and protect their labor market, 
is to limit the number of apprentices. 

In several of the skilled trades, that are now short-handed 
to ?. degree that causes much inconvenience, the training of ap- 
prentices has long been discouraged. The number of boys ad- 
mitted to those trades has not been sufficient to keep their 
working strength up to its old standard, much less provide for 
expansion of new industry. 

All over the United States the cry goes up for more skilled 
mechanics but they cannot be supplied in a day. when appren- 
tices are not being trained and the European immigration has 
stopped. 

When the actors follow the same tactics the managers will 
find themselves like the manufacturers, who are now asked to 
take their men into partnership in the profits. 



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August 23, 1919 



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INDUSTRIAL PROBLEMS 



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That all the industrial concerns in the United States, worthy 
of being called corporations, will before long be guided by the 
golden rule of doing unto others as we wish to be done by is 
the opinion of Geo. W. Whitaker, manager of the firm of Liggett 
& Myers, manufacturers of the popular Fatima cigarettes. 

Liggett & Myers deserve classification with the important 
corporations of the nation. They employ more than thirty 
thousand people and every branch of their immense business is 
influenced by the principle that labor is not a soulless com- 
modity, to be bought and bartered according to the remorseless 
laws of trade, but is an embodiment of human rights and senti- 
ments that must be taken into account as carefully as dollars 
and cents. 

Manager Whittaker talks entertainingly of the humane side 
of the great manufacturing enterprise in which he is engaged, 
and which has taken over the interests of John Bollman. 

"It is only a comparatively short time," said he to a represen- 
tative of the News Letter, "since the English Common Law 
made it a penal offense for two or more workmen to meet and 
discuss measures to have their wages raised. Collective bar- 
gaining was rigidly discouraged by the English lawmakers. 

"The United States has been guided in much of its legisla- 
tion by the English enactments. Our labor unions too, have 
followed the British lead. Every advance of the English trade 
organizations has been copied by the American wage-earners. 
"Seeing how labor stands today in its relation to capital 
both in the United States and England, it is almost impossible 
to realize that not much over fifty years ago the British work- 
man was little more than a serf who could be imprisoned for 
seeking a raise of wages. Not even in the secrecy of his union 
rooms was he safe. 

"If informed on he could be prosecuted for 'conspiring to re- 
strain trade.' 

"Imagine, if you can, such a thing occurring in these days. A 
modern mechanic cannot conceive such a thing possible at any 
time short of the Dark Ages. He would as easily imagine that 
he could be subjected to the torture of thumbscrew and rack for 
demanding better pay. 

"The attitude of employers has changed as much as that of 
the employees. Old feudal ideas as to the rights of the em- 
ployer and the subserviency of the workman have been dis- 
carded. 

"The modern captains of industry are most considerate of 
their men. They have learned that contentment is the most 
valuable assent in their enterprises. It is considered now essen- 
tial for a corporjition to promote the comfort and goodwill of its 
employees. This fraternal feeling finds expression in the great 
steel industry in bonuses to the men. That system encourages 
emulation and leads to better work and higher pay." 

Many of the thirty thousand employees of Liggett & Myers. 
were drafted into the Army and Navy. As fast as they returned 
from service they were reinstated in the old positions. Their 
absence on national duty made no deductions in their ratings for 
prospective increases of salary. 

One of the drafted employees of Liggett & Myers contracted 
tuberculosis while in the Army. Hard service in inclement 
weather without his having sufficient clothing made him a dis- 
couraged invalid. 

His civilian employers promptly extended to him the hand of 
fraternal friendship. He was placed in a sanitarium by Liggett 
& Myers and restored to health and his old position with the 
firm. 

Another recent case which demonstrates that labor is no 
longer regarded as a mere soulless commodity by corporations 
was that of a janitress employed by Liggett & Myers. Her 
family was large and sickness amongst her children increased 
her financial troubles. Her employers placed at her disposal 
the physician whom it employs regularly. A new hope in the 
struggle of life encourages the poor janitress and her family. 
Many other instances of the broader scope of humanity in 



the Liggett & Myers corporation, and others, could be given. 
They are the rule and not the exception. 

Critics of corporation methods are now pointing to the finan- 
cial profits that the large industrial companies must have 
reaped by their contracts with the Government. All is not gold 
that glitters. The manufacturers of the Fatima cigarette con- 
tracted to deliver all their output to the Government. The re- 
sult was that for several years the popular Fatima cigarette 
was withdrawn from the general trade. The public not find- 
ing the Fatima at the cigar stands had to take something else 
and now the manufacturers of the justly celebrated brand have 
to apprise their patrons of being once more in the market. 
This entails heavy expense for it is no small task to place 
properly before the American population, of more than one 
hundred million, the product of a manufacturing firm employ- 
ing over thirty thousand people. 

The manufacturers of the Fatima Cigarette have a number 
of factories in the United States. The San Francisco factory 
is at 615 Fourth Street, between Brannan and Bluxome Streets, 
and occupies a large part of the block. It is a fireproof three- 
story structure 275 feet long and 137% feet wide, and is ar- 
ranged most admirably for the efficiency of the work and the 
comfort and contentment of the workers. 

An inspection of the many sections of the factory as I saw it 
then, with the courteous and experienced Superintendent, I. K. 
Brower. explaining the many complicated mechanical devices 
for making tobacco marketable is a liberal education on modern 
industrial development. 

The greater number of the workers are girls and women. Not 
one of them performs a laborious task. The machines which 
they operate make their labor light and pleasant and they 
spend the day amidst clean and orderly surroundings, where 
the ventilation is perfect, and nothing is overlooked to prevent 
accident and promote health. 

Most people's conception of a cigarette factory, is a place 
where girls sit at long tables and industriously roll tobacco in 
sheets of paper. Nothing could be farther from the actual oper- 
ation. There isn't a table in all the big factory on Fourth 
Street, except for upholding boxes. No girl ever handles a 
cigarette unless to place it in a pile before it is packed. 

Everything is done by machinery. To describe the machines 
would be impossible in this space and could only be attempted 
by an expert. The ingenuity concentrated in the rows upon 
rows of machines whirring in the Fatima Cigarette factory 
amazes a visitor beyond expression. Mechanical efficiency is 
brought so close to human skill that the dividing line is not 
easily discerned. 

The preparation of a cigarette begins on the lower floor of 
the factory. Here one sees immense quantities of tobacco in 
bales and hogsheads. The bales are the imported Turkish to- 
bacco. The hogsheads contain the domestic brand. Correct 
blending of the Turkish and the domestic leaf give the cigar- 
ette the flavor desired by smokers. Contrary to general belief 
nothing is added to the tobacco leaves to impart a different 
flavor from the natural one or to modify that. The proper 
blending is the all important art. Few are masters of it, for all 
tobacco varies in strength. 

From the stock department, with its tons of merchandise the 
raw tobacco is taken to the cutting room, where powerful ma- 




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chines first press it into solid bales about two feet long and the 
same width and then slice it rapidly with the accuracy of pat- 
ent meat-cutting machines. 

The fine tobacco shavings, coming from the cutters, would 
seem to a visitor as fit to be rolled at once into a cigarette. The 
cutting is. however, but the first of a score or more manipula- 
tions, necessary before the tobacco is in the proper condition to 
be placed in the wrapping machines 

It is taken from one floor to another by elevators and end- 
less belts and is heated and dampened and cooled and heated 
again, and winnowed like wheat. It is passed through large 
and long drums and emerges to undergo another series of mois- 
tenings and jdryrngs, till its last particle of dust has been sifted 
out and the much-manipulated "makings" falls into large bins 
on rollers and is wheeled to the wrapping machines which the 
sprightly and neat-looking girls operate. 

In one section alone of the Fatima Cigarette factory there 
are a score of wrapping machines. They have a speed of 460 
cigarettes a minute. 

The machines print a device on the cigarette wrapper, take 
the tobacco and place it in the cigarette paper, and then roll it, 
paste it and trim the ends. All this at a speed of 460 a minute. 

Machines that make mouthpiece cigarettes turn out only 300 
a minute. They cut and fashion the mouthpiece, paste on the 
cigarette paper and then fill the paper with tobacco, on the 
principle of a muzzle-loading gun being charged with a ram- 
rod. 

The manipulation of the smoking tobacco, which is placed 
in cans by machinery is as wonderful as the cigarette making. 
The machines count the cans, weigh a pound of tobacco, place 
it in the box, seal up the package and paste the internal revenue 
stamp upon it. 

The cloak rooms and the lavatories in the Fatima Cigarette 
Factory are tended as carefully as in a first class hotel. On 
the roof there is a recreation garden and fine restaurant, where 
good meals are served at nominal prices. Lucky are the em- 
ployees thus considerately treated. 

HOWARD WILLIAMSON. 



AN OATEN PIPE 



The summer's surf against my feet 
In leagues of foam-white daisies beat; 
Along the bank-side, where I lay. 
Poured down the golden tides of day; 
A vine above me wove its screen 
Of leafy shadows cool and green. 
While, faintly as a fairy bell. 
Upon the murmurous silence fell 
The babbling of a slender stream 
In the sweet trouble of its dream. 
Then as the poppied noon did steep 
The breathing world in fumes of s'.eep, 
I shaped with fingers drowsed and slow 
An oaten pipe whereon to blow. 
And in the chequered light and shade 
Its wild, untutored notes essayed; 
But in the larger music round 
My slender pipings all were drowned. 

James B. Kenyon, in "The Harvest Home." 



Pat, a soldier in the American Army, was asked on his 

return to tell about his successful hand-to-hand encounter with 
a German. "I got siperated from the rist o' the min," he began, 
"and foive o' the villains came charjin' upon me. 'None o' that,' 
sez I. 'I'll tache ye cowardly spalpeens some o' the rules o' 
the game.' They wuz husky brutes, but ther wuz wan small 
wan, and I wuz shure I cud lick 'm. So I sailed into the rist o' 
thim and bate thim into silence. 'Now." sez I to me German 
frind, 'the odds are even, and I'll fight ye." — Everybody's. 



YOU 

Out of the silent watches of the dreary night 

Your voice oft comes to me 
It's very tones seem to penetrate 

The thick dark of separation. 
Ah. no! You do not call — 

Tis but the mocking echoes of yestereves. 




"Were you very sick with the flu, Rastus?" "Sick! sick! 

Man, Ah was so sick mos' ebery night Ah look in dat er casualty 
list for mah name." — Truth. 

"Please, mum, there ain't no coal left in the cellar." 

"Why on earth didn't you tell me before?" "Because there 
was some then." — The Passing Show. 

Ethel — Poor Reggie ; since I rejected him he's all broken 

up. Marie — Don't reproach yourself too much, dear; he was 
half cracked before. — Boston Transcript. 

"I understand you have a number of the old masters in 

your gallery." "Gallery?" echoed Mr. Crumrox. "Nonsense! 
I've got 'em right down in the front row." 

Redd: "The doctor said he'd have me on my feet in a 

fortnight." Greene: "And did he?" "Sure. I've had to sell 
my automobile." — Yonkers Statesman. 

Is that pale, agitated man with the sad expression the 

author writing a scenario?" "No," answered the moving pic- 
ture star; "he's the manager writing a check." 

Butcher : This pound of butter you sent me is three 

ounces short. Grocer: Well, I mislaid the pound weight, so I 
weighed it by the pound of chops you sent me yesterday. 

Tytephist: "Is there anything more exasperating than 

to have a wife who can cook but won't do it?" Dyspeptic: 
"Yes — to have one that can't cook and will do it." — Boston 
Transcript. 

"We can be thankful for one thing about national prohi- 
bition, anyway." "What can that be?" "It will prevent that 
intended wholesale emigration of Germans to this country after 
the war." — Life. 

First Workman : Yes, the corporation has offered us 

one-half the profits for the coming year, in addition to our 
wages. Second Workman : Well, tell 'em when they offer us 
all of the profits we'll consider it. — Life. 

"Covering her head with an anti-osculation mask pro- 
vided by the local board, she placed it on his shoulder." "He 
tossed off his malted milk without a word." "'You fibber!' 
he hissed through his regularly inspected teeth." 

Mistress : "Jane, what d'ye mean by wearing my low 

i.eck dress at the plasterers' ball last night? You ought to be 
ashamed of yourself." Jane: "I am mum. You oughter heard 
the awful remarks they made on me." — Brooklyn Eagle. 

"Alas!" said the High Cost of Living. "I learn that 

Congress is to take immediate steps to reduce me." "Cheer 
up." replied the Protective Tariff. "Congress has been going 
to reduce me for the last thirty-five years. — Kansas City Star. 

"Jack, dear, before our wedding I wish you would see 

a doctor?" "Why should I? I am well, except for a touch of 
dyspepsia." "That's just it. I'd like you to get a certificate 
from him which would show that your dyspepsia antedated our 
marriage." — Boston Transcript. 

"My first patient called on me today," said the young 

doctor. "He's rich, too." "Congratulations!" replied the 
elderly doctor. "What was the matter with him?" "Nothing. 
I couldn't find a thing wrong with him." "Ah! my boy, you 
still have a great deal to learn about your profession." — Bir- 
mingham Age Herald. 

An officer of the A. E. F. relates the following: "We 

had a bunch of negro troops on board and it was a terrible 
experience to them, as most of them had never been away 
from home before. They were very religious and used to pray 
all over the ship. One big buck held a prayer right outside my 
window thus: 'O Lord, if Thou doesn't do another thing on 
this trip, call this ocean to attention." — Everybody's. 



San Francisco News Letter 



August 23. 1919 





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The steam-roller has 
been run over the Su- 
pervisors who objected 
to the increased rate ot 
$3.08. At the Board 
meeting on Monday. Su- 
pervisors Schmitz and 
McSheehy voted with 
the administration Su- 
pervisors, and the rate 
was passed to print. 
Schmitz and McSheehy 
say that their voting with the majority does 
not bind them to vote for the high rate on 
its final adoption. 

It would have been better politics for the 
two objecting Supervisors, to have stood 
out resolutely, than changed their position. 
There are 8000 city employees it is true. All 
of them want the high tax rate. On the 
other hand there are a hundred-and-eighty 
thousand citizens that pay taxes directly to 
the city, and several hundred thousand that 
pay taxes indirectly, in the form of increas- 
ing rents and other living expenses. 



Practical Politics. 

It is easier to criticize Supervisors 
Schmitz and McSheehy than to do differ- 
ently from them, if one were in their places. 
The municipal steam-roller was oiled up and 
put into motion in masterly style by Tim 
Reardon, the president of the Board of Pub- 
lic Works, to flatten out all opposition in 
the Board of Supervisors. Reardon laid off 
600 employees of the Board of Works on 
Friday last, by the advice of the municipal 
war council. Enforced economy was the 
excuse. All those discharged employees, 
and as many more undischarged, were on 
hand at the Supervisors' meeting on Mon- 
day to intimidate advocates of economy. The 
men out of work shook their fists at Schmitz 
and McSheehy, and vociferously applauded 
all arguments in favor of a high tax rate. 
Speeches in favor of economy were discour- 
aged with equal fervor. It was literally a 
packed meeting and the two protesting Su- 
pervisors would have been more than hu- 
man, if they had not been influenced by the 
demonstration. They fell down. Whether 
they will remain down remains to be seen. 
The municipal administration has gained 
one skirmish and expects to enforce the 
high tax rate of $3.08, which Auditor Boyle 
declares to be illegal. Illegality is not much 
of a bar to legislation these days. The char- 
ter is only a scrap of paper. 



than the Supervisors 
wish to appropriate. 
Any citizen has a right 
to rise at a meeting 
of the Board of Super- 
visors and express his 
opinions on public questions under discus- 
sion. The Supervisors are the servants of 
the people and not the masters. The Mayor 
asked Dr. Miller if he was not opposed to 
all taxes. Naturally when a stuffed meeting 
of taxeaters gets such a cue it resorts to 
hooting. 

What must decent and thoughtful citizens 
think of a municipality which does such 
things? If the taxpayers went up to the 
Board of Supervisors five hundred, or a 
thousand strong, citizens like Dr. Miller who 
have the courage to protest, would be treat- 
ed with the respect due intelligence, gray- 
hairs and public spirit. The Supervisors be- 
lieve in the big stick and big noise by big 
numbers. They may have more of it one 
of these days than they will appreciate. The 
taxpayers — and that means everybody who 
pays rent and buys at any store, will not 
remain like jellyfish forever. 



hundred and twelve thousand million gal- 
lons. But that is in the future, when the 
bringing of water to San Francisco will be 
seriously undertaken. Now the development 
of electric power is the primary object. 



No Juggling. 

The $5,570,000 which has come into the 
city treasury, by the sale of Hetch Hetchy 
bonds to the Bank of Italy, Blyth Witter and 
Company and Carsten and Earles, will not 
be used for any other purpose, declares 
City Treasurer John E. McDougald. 

The custom has been to juggle around the 
funds in the treasury to make both ends 
meet. The Supervisors are always invent- 
ing schemes to spend public money so that 
their constituents can get some of it. They 
draw on one fund and deplete it and then 
raid another. So they go. The Treasurer 
is expected to be an expert juggler, so that 
every warrant presented at his counter will 
be paid. 

But none of the new Hetch Hetchy money 
which has come in will be transferred to 
other funds on any pretext, says Treasurer 
McDougald. We shall see. Money is very 
scarce with the municipality. It will be 
some time before the new tax receipts begin 
to replenish the treasury. Every year the 
hard-pressed taxpayers delay longer and 
longer before paying their bills. 



A Gigantic Task. 

Few people in San Francisco realize what 
a gigantic task the city has undertaken in 
bringing water from the Hetch Hetchy. The 
amount of tunneling necessary will be 
enormous. So far the work has been con- 
fined to the development of electric power. 

The big dam which the Utah Construction 
Company has contracted to build in 900 
days, will impound a reservoir of sixty thou- 
sand million gallons capacity. 



Taxpayers Hooted. 

It is often asked why taxpayers do not 
appear before the Board of Supervisors and 
protest against extravagance. They are not 
likely to subject themselves to such treat- 
ment as Dr. John Miller got at the Supervis- 
ors' meeting on Monday. Dr. Miller was 
hooted down, because he opposed the high 
tax rate. He is a citizen and taxpayer and 
has given the subject of municipal finance 
much attention. He believes that the city 
could be run for a great deal less money 



A Wrong Impression. 

The impression has been created that the 
Hetch Hetchy dam will be completed by the 
Utah Construction Company. Only in part. 
The company's contract calls for a dam 
226% feet above the bed of the stream with 
foundations 75 feet below. The finished 
plans contemplate a dam 100 feet higher, 
which will impound a reservoir seven miles 
long by one mile wide. That ultimate dam 
would provide a reservoir capacity of one 



Somewhat Nebulous. 

Elaborate and instructive figures of the 
extent and cost of the power developments 
at Hetch Hetchy have been published by 
the City Engineer, but the official state- 
ments about the supply of pure mountain 
water, that is to be brought to San Fran- 
cisco, is rather nebulous. The principal facts 
that have been established are that an im- 
mense amount of tunneling will be neces- 
sary. There is a tunnel over 18 miles long 
to start with. After another tunnel 5 miles 
long has been bored from Moccasin Creek 
powerhouse to Red Mountain Bar, the Tuo- 
lumne River will have to be crossed. Forty- 
five miles of steel pipes will be needed to 
reach the San Joaquin River under which 
the aqueduct will be carried. Penetrating 
the Coast Range will require 31 miles of 
tunnels. The Alameda Creek Channel and 
Dumbarton Straits will have to be nego- 
tiated. When at last the aqueduct has 
reached this peninsula reservoirs and a dis- 
tributing system will be required. Every 
stage of the construction of this gigantic 
work will be expensive and no estimates so 
far made give a correct idea of the total 
cost. 



Irrigationists Active. 

Judge Le Hane representing the Modesto 
Irrigation District, which is determined to 
defeat the Hetch Hetchy water scheme, was 
in town this week preparing for the legal 
proceedings that are contemplated. 

The Modesto Irrigationists do not claim 
that City Engineer O'Shaughnessy has 
bungled in the slightest in his Hetch 
Hetchy work as far as it has gone. On the 
contrary, they say the work is admirable 
as an engineering exhibit. As to the cost 
they know nothing, and care less. They are 
not paying the bills. 



A Legal Question. 

As far as the Hetch Hetchy work has 
been carried it is only a power scheme to 
develop electric current. The Modesto 
people are indifferent as to the power de- 
velopment. San Francisco can get from 
the Hetch Hetchy all the power possible 
and hear protests from the Irrigationists, if 
it leaves them the water. But there is not 
water enough for them and San Francisco, 
they say. There is not even enough for 
themselves, and they propose to get all that 
flows down their valley. 

No doubt in this war between the irriga- 
tionists and San Francisco, which is just 
opening the legal question will be threshed 
out whether citizens can vote bonds for a 
water supply and have the money diverted 
to a power scheme as in the Hetch Hetchy. 



It was thought that the contracting firm of 
Blanchard, Crocker and Howell, would have 
bid against the Utah Company in the Hetch 
Hetchy $5,000,000 job, as former Commis- 
sioner Judell of the Board of Works, re- 
cently became associated with the firm. 
The Utah combination, however, seemed to 
have scared all others out of the field. 
JOHN GROUCH 



August 23, 1919 



and California Advertiser 





Statesmen Superstitious. 

The number 13 scared the municipal au- 
thorities, when about to sell five-million-dol- 
lars worth of Hetch Hetchy bonds. Treas- 
urer John McDougald was to be photo- 
graphed in the act of handing over the bonds 
to the bankers and brokers who were pur- 
chasing. John is something of an artist. 
He prepared a large lettered sign, as back- 
ground to the photograph of notables. The 
value of the bonds and the names of the 
buyers, were printed in carefully by the 
Treasurer. Then he hung up, on one side 
of the scene, a large calendar giving the 
date of the transaction, August 13. 

Tim Reardon of the Board of Works, was 
the first to shy at the ill-omened date. He 
came in to inspect the preparations before 
the Mayor, the City Engineer and all other 
notables arrived. 

"Look at that big 13 ihere on the wall — 
'Twill hodoo the whole business!" protested 
Tim. 

"That's the correct date — August 13th," 
asserted the City Treasurer. 

Every municipal chief who followed Rear- 
don threw up both hands on seeing the con- 
spicuous and inauspicious "13." 

"We'll have to make that 14 John," de- 
clared Reardon, and the change was ef- 
fected. The ill-omened number was taken 
down and a big 14 put in its place. That's 
the way it is preserved In the pictorial 
archives of the municipality. The Mayor re- 
mained out of the picture altogether, 
whether because of the 13, or for social and 
political reasons, has not been disclosed. 



Why Dick Hotaling Filed Deed. 

Attorney Ed Hansen, who gives all the 
fine points to Montgomery Street realty 
brokers was explaining to Louis Kerner. 
yesterday, why Dick Hotaling recorded the 
deed to Sleepy Hollow Ranch, which his 
mother had given him. but did not wish to 
be filed. According to Attorney Hansen an 
unrecorded deed has no more value than 
mention in a will It does not convey title 
absolute to property, and has therefore no 
l efficacy in Bhutttng out contesting 
heirs. 

"A good many wives gel deeds from their 
husbands to avert legal complications. 
should the men die suddenly.'' said Han- 
sen "The wives holding such deeds, if un- 
recorded, are no better off from the legal 
standpoint than if they had only their hits 
band's wills to rely upon." 

To make assurance doubly sure Dick Hot- 
aling recorded the deed to Sleepy Hollow 



Gentlemen of Leisure. 

I dropped into the Supervisors board-room 
on Monday to hear the discussion on the 
tax-rate. More precisely speaking, I would 
have dropped in, had it been possible, but 
every seat was taken and standing room was 
not comfortable, even in the spacious corri- 
dor outside. Interested taxpayers you may 
suppose? Nothing of the kind. Taxpayers 
attend every form of public activity but the 
most important — the fixing of the tax rate. 

No matter how many city employees are 
squeezed into the lobby at the Board of Su- 
pervisors, there never is any perceptible di- 
minution of the number remaining behind 
the counters and in the easy chairs in the 
various departments. 

* * * 
Where was George? 

These are exciting days in the City Hall 
and many calls have been heard for the City 
Attorney. His valued opinion on fine legal 
points relative to legal and tax rates and 
the discharge of 600 Board of Works clerks 
was needed, but call they never so loud, as 
the poet expresses it, no answer was heard 
from the City Attorney's sanctum. The 
clerks in the outer office said that Mr. Lull 
had not returned and they had no idea when 
their urbane and talented superior would 
come back to relieve the demand for legal 
information. 

The suggestion that George was "laying 
low" and letting the gale blow over was re- 
sented by his loyal staff. Mr. Lull never 
sidesteps an issue they answered. "No he 
only ducks." growled one of the canned 
clerks. 

• • • 
Madame Butterfly Flew. 

One of the most disconsolate men on 
Montgomery Street this week is a young 
broker, the proud father of twins. "Have 
you lost money on the market or are the 
two little boys not feeling all right?" asked 
a sympathetic friend. 

"I've lost my Japanese nurse girl." said 
the gloomy parent "Madame Butterfly, we 
called her; where are we to And another 
Kirl~" 

"Ask me something easy." was the reply. 
"I'm a married man with children myself, 
and can't live in an apartment house." 

The disconsolate broker said that he bad 
been living in an apartment house, and was 
getting along all right till he went down to 
San Mateo to spend a week at his mother-in- 
law s place, and took Madame Butterfly 
along with him 

The Japanese butler met them at the door 
to take their baggage and show them into 
the house The moment Madame Butterfly 
set eyes on the butler she was fascinated. 

"I thought he was the homeliest brute I 
law," said the melancholy broker, "but 
she must have thought him an Apollo." 

The enamored nursemaid couldn't be 



pried away from the butler with a Bolshevik 
bomb, the broker declared. She forgot all 
about the twins. The broker would find 
them out crying in the hot sun and no trace 
of Madame Butterfly. On hunting her up 
she was invariably found close to her ugly 
Japanese idol and generally near or in his 
room. The white help was scandalized. 

One night the twins got the colic and the 
broker headed for the butler's bedroom. Ma- 
dame Butterfly told him, without opening 
the door, she was too buy to attend her little 
wards and it was after working hours any- 
how. The broker sent his wife to reason 
with her. She came back all flustered and 
red in the face. "That girl is simply out- 
rageous," said the shocked lady. "In the 
butler's room again — and the door locked." 

"Let's fire her," cried the broker. 

"Unfortunately she's already fired me," 
answered the wife. 

She told her mistress that American 
ideals and her's did not agree, so she would 
quit. 

"She's going to the city in the morning 
with the butler," added the wife. 

"Great Heavens!" gasped the broker. "If 
the butler quits, mother-in-law will be wild 
and may get down on us. 

"That's just the way it has worked out. 
The old lady didn't go to the door to wish 
us good-bye." 

"And she's in bad shape with heart 
trouble." muttered the disconsolate broker. 
"Just when we ought to be standing well 
with her." 



* * * 



Publisher Leary. 

Dan Leary. the former hop-step andslt- 
down champion of the world, and now statl- 
cian of City Auditor Tom Boyle, denies em- 
phatically that he is going to finance the 
publishing of Ed Morphy's "Black Alleys of 
San Francisco." which has been running in 
newspaper print for some time. 

The supposition was that the people men- 
tioned in the work would fall all over each 
other In their hurry to buy a volume at five 
or ten dollars. 

Dan thinks that the surest way to grab 
the surplus cash of the aristocracy Is to say 
nothing about their early social triumphs 
"South of the Slot." but give them all fine 
pedigrees. 

"Ton can get ten bucks out of a man 
easier by connecting him with King Brian 
Boru. or the Earl of Ballymacspud than with 
an express wagon or a hod." was Dan's sum- 
mary of the situation. 

• • « 

A Political Asset. 

The Hetch Hetchy. irrigatlonists assert. Is 
a political asset. It has been used, they say, 
in the election of mayors and supervisors 
during many years. No doubt It is Intended 
that it shall be subjected to more political 
wear and tear. The Modesto Irrigation 
people, from what I have heard this week, 
will try to strip the political camouflage 
from the Hetch Hetchy problem, and pre- 
sent the true facts In such fashion that 
there can be no more confusion in the pub- 
lic mind as to what is being done In Hetcb 
Hetchy. what can be done, what tbe water 
scheme would really coet San Francisco, 
and why the San Joaquin Valley thinks It 
right to thwart the city's big water scheme 
by every possible legal technicality 



San Francisco News Letter 



August 23, 1919 



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Donahue-Von Schroeder Ghosts. 

The ghost of Baron Von Schroeder was 
still stalking the Hotaling trial at the time 
this edition was going to print. Mrs. Hota- 
ling's tear that her daughter-in-law might 
follow the example of Mamie Donahue and 
marry a German nobleman has been given 
as one of her reasons for deeding "Sleepy 
Hollow" to her son, Richard Hotaling, and 
several witnesses have been called in to 
corroborate that the Von Schroeder case 
dominated Mrs. Hotaling's imagination at 
the time and made her determined that the 
Hotaling estate should not likewise fall into 
alien hands. 

So once again that part of society which 
owns keys to the smart set skeleton closets 
is turning them in rusty locks and opening 
doors that have not swung on their ancient 
hinges in several decades. Those who knew 
the Baroness Von Schroeder in the days 
when she was Mamie Donahue and one of 
the most beautiful and artistocratic look- 
ing girls who ever came out of early-day, 
plebeian millionaire stock, recall that at the 
time that she married the Baron, German 
aristocracy was above par, and many were 
the envious sighs of covetous maidens who 
would likewise have added a title to the 
family bible. 

-:■ © © 

Forgiveness Denied Sympathetic Friends. 

Those who knew the Baroness in the days 
when the Von Schroeder case was on every 
gossiping tongue and headlining its way 
across the newspapers — and by that time a 
new crop of millionaires has sprung up — are 
recalling that never once did Mamie Dona- 
hue Von Schroeder, show by so much as the 
flicker of an eyelash that she was disturbed 
by the situation. She came home from Eu- 
rope after the trial, to find that society was 
turning a cold shoulder on her husband be- 
cause his affairs of the heart had been aired 
in court. Even those who knew her best 
expected to condone with her, but to their 
surprise she came back in the flashing ar- 
mor and shining steel of a combatant 
against any and all critics of her husband's 
actions. Old family friends who had stopped 
receiving the Baron rushed forward to show 
that their sympathies were with her and 
that they would not penalize the daughter 
of the house of Donahue. They sought to 
do her special honor, to entertain for her 
on a scale that the public might know where 
they stood, and to their surprise they found 
that she would have none of them. She 
never forgave anyone who had put the small- 
est slight upon her husband — which prac- 
tically meant that she never forgave the 
big majority of her San Francisco friends. 
It was the old story of what happens to 
the mere bystander or to the oldest friend 
in a quarrel between husband and wife — 
particularly if one of them is Irish — and 
Mamie Donahue is as good an Irish name 
as could be found in the county of Cork or 
the early day California blue book. 



Baron III in Berlin. 

Since the war and the seizure of the Von 
Schroeder estate by the custodian of enemy 
alien lands, there have been many conflict- 
ing tales about the family, for of course, 
with the seizure of their estate their affairs 
once more went the way of public print. 
Heine Von Schroeder remained in this coun- 
try and set an example of polished neutral- 
ity, but in spite of his perfect technique 
he was outcast from the smart set because 
his father and brother were fighting with 
the German colors. One set of rumors paints 
a picture of the whole family especially the 
Von Schroeder girls, pining to return to 
California to live here. Heine Von Schroe- 
der vouchsafed the information to some 
friends the other day that his father is suf- 
fering a complete nervous breakdown as a 
result of the worries of wartorn years and 
is at present very ill in Berlin with no 
thought of returning to this country. Mean- 
time his spirit haunts the Hotaling trial. 
And one thing is certain — the Baroness 
Von Schroeder (nee Mamie Donahue) will 
add the name of Mrs. Lavina Hotaling to 
her blacklist because she did not regard a 
Von Schroeder episode as an asset in a 
family estate experience. 

© © © 
Mrs. Irwin Seriously Ml. 

The continued illness of Mrs. William Ir- 
win is of deep concern to all her friends and 
her daughter, Mrs. Templeton Crocker is 
constantly at her bedside. While there is 
no need for immediate alarm reports from 
the sick room indicate that a long illness 
is expected and this means the withdrawal 
from society of two of its best loved mem- 
bers. The closest attachment exists be- 
tween Mrs. Crocker and her mother, the 
sort of bond that poets sing about and life 
infrequently justifies, but in this case amply 
illustrates it. 

Mrs. Irwin has never been well since the 
death of her husband. He suffered for 
months before the end came, and she was 
his devoted nurse. Before he died he told 
all his friends that he was "going to leave 
his daughter, Heleue, only a million dollars, 
that he positively would not leave her an- 
other cent as he wanted his wife to have 
plenty to get along on and young Crocker 
could look after Helene while his wife would 
be dependent entirely upon herself." Which 
amused those friends who had not stacked 



up enough ducats to be able to think in 
terms so huge that they could speak of 
cutting off an only daughter with but a mil- 
lion dollars with the same air that the aver- 
age man would speak of one simoleon. 

© © @ 
No Publicity for Unshod Dancers. 

It is obvious that the stockingless young 
ladies who stopped the street traffic were 
not concerned with the High Cost of Living 
but with the High Cost of Publicity — and 
they certainly beat that by getting a lot 
of free notices out of the barefoot venture. 

Equally concerned with the publicity fea- 
tures — but from the reverse side — are the 
young women who participated the other 
night in the shoeless dance that was host- 
essed by a Burlingame matron. It was all 
done in impromptu mood but all the young 
women who threw off their slippers and 
danced in their stocking feet are scared 
stiff for fear the story will get out and they 
will be held up to public gaze. Their bank 
accounts are such that they could never be 
suspected of trying to beat the High Cost 
of Clothes by discarding shoes, and the af- 
fair might be put down as another evidence 
of curious, degrading tendencies of the mod- 
ern dance! 

© © © 
Mrs. Peter Martin and Slipperless Dances. 

Far be it from the purposes of this column 
to shatter their peace of mind. Besides 
there is really nothing so very new about 
the slipperless dance". Lily Oelrichs Mar- 
tin, on the slightest provocation, used to 
toss off her slippers and dance the Tango 
in her stocking feet, and that in the day 
when the popularity of Mrs. Peter Martin 
was all covered over with the 24-carat glit- 
ter of a Newport favorite recently arrived in 
these parts. The only reason she was not 
imitated by others was that she danced so 
much better than the rest of them that they 
did not want to make themselves ridiculous 
by entering into competition. 

Just why the mania for the stocking dance 
should suddenly have seized this group, it 
is difficult to analyze. Perhaps it is because 
the originator is in far off lands! 

© © © 
Anonymous Letter Writing. 

The long awaited anonymous letters in 
the Hotaling case were sprung this week. 
Until they were put into the court record. 
Dick Hotaling held first claim to attention as 



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a letter writer. His beautifully worded epis- 
tles to his mother were worthy of place in 
any complete letter writer But intimate 
friends who knew of the anonymous letters 
which Mrs. Ella Hotaling, her daughter, 
Mrs. Alfred Swinnerton and their intimate 
friends had received, were wondering when 
they would become court records. At the 
time they were received it was generally 
whispered that Mrs. Fred Hotaling was re- 
sponsible for them and it was so believed 
by most of the people who received them. 
But in the signed statement offered in court 
this week Fred Hotaling takes responsibil- 
ity for them. 

The Hotaling case and many others that 
have furnished reading to the San Francisco 
public, have made people wonder if any fam- 
ily can inherit wealth and live in harmony. 
Is permanent peace anywhere possible, or 
is it only a dream of idealists? 

© © e» 

Entertained at Dinner, 

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin G. Barnett, whose 
wedding was a recent social event, were en- 
tertained at dinner on Monday evening by 
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Sturtevant, at their 
home 1486 Funston Avenue. The floral deco- 
rations were unusually handsome. Among 
the guests were: Misses Geraldine Howes, 
Iluth Duncan, Marion Sturtevant, Robert 
Spencer and George Sturtevant. Mr. Spencer 
left this week for Honolulu. 

© © © 
Victor on the Phone. 

Society is to have a new cookbook, for 
somebody professing to be the inimitable 
Victor, the chef of the Hotel St. Francis, is 
ringing up the matrons, young and old of 
the exclusive and smart circles. The con- 
versation runs: 

"Hello Madam! Ees this Madam Milly- 
uns? Bet is! Ah, Madam. This ees Vic- 
tor — le chef de Hotel Sawn Francees." 

"Yes, Mr. Victor." 

"I am soon get out le cookedebook — le 
grand livre de cuisine — full au de recipes 
plus magniflque — Tell you how to cook 
everything — chaque tout — anything from de 
leg of de frog — jambe de grenouille — to the 
boeuf salee — the cornbeef as we say en An- 
glais. You understand — comprendez vous 
Madam — 1 put you down for one book?" — 
five dollairs." 

"I have already one of your cookbooks. 
Monsieur Victor — and to be frank with you 
it is — well — well — it is " 

"Ah, Madamj I know— It is punk-Sacre 
blue! Mon dieuj I only weesh I lay moo 
hands on le garcon — le coquin — le voleur — 
that ball up that premier book for me, and 
put mon name Victor Hirtzler dans le 
cover." 

Here it is necessary to explain to the 
readei that eight years ago. Monsieur Victor 
was induced to collaborate with somebody 
In the writing of a cookbook, which was ex- 
pected to eclipse all the works on culinary- 
art ever penned by a knight of the sauce- 
pan. Lo and behold! when the work matured 
I lie air for three leagues around Burlingame 
became green with ladylike maledictions. 
The cookbook was about as big as a railroad 
transfer, and all the recipes in it wouldn't 
make a breakfast for a hired man. When 
Victor saw (he work he had a fit— in fact a 
succession of tits. 

To think that he. Victor, who made 



and California Advertiser 

Sherry's in New York famous, who had tick- 
led the palates of half the epicures in Eu- 
rope, pleased the American millionaires that 
patronized the Grand Hotel at Paris, and 
last, but not least, had scored fresh culinary 
triumphs as chef of the Hotel St. Francis 
should have his illustrious name connected 
with such a pigmy publication! Jim Woods 
the manager of the hotel had a watch kept 
over the agonized chef lest he might jump 
into the big soup cauldron and end his 
chagrin. 

But now he has prepared a real cookbook 
which will retrieve his lost bay-leaves of 
authorship. The Bohemian Club cannot re- 
fuse to erect a gold tablet in honor of him. 

© © © 
Bolshevik Propaganda. 

The critical audience which assembled on 
Monday evening, in the Colonial ballroom 
of the Hotel St. Francis, to pass judgment 
on Frank Keenan's "The World Aflame," 
was not greatly impressed by the "burning 
message," which the author tried to convey. 
To some of the persons who saw the pic- 
tures, they appeared to be a crystallization 
of the socialistic propaganda now urged in 
Congress and elsewhere. 

Theoretically, it is a very attractive propo- 
sition to those workers who have no money 
invested in an enterprise, that they should 
receive a large share of the profits, while 
not liable for any of the possible losses. 
Many newspapers, are favorable to that 
brand of communism. Now the motion pic- 
tures are taking a hand in the propaganda. 
No one hears, however, of the newspapers 
calling in the printers and handing them 
dividends in addition to their regular pay. 
Mr. Frank Keenan has not announced that 
he intends to divide his royalties from "The 
World Aflame," with the hard-worked actors 
that have assisted in the making of the pic- 
tures. Neither has the producer. Mr. Chas. 
Pathe. When the propagandists show a dis- 
position to be guided by their own doctrines 
the rest of the public may be more willing 
to consider the merits of the philosophy 
they wish the American people to swallow. 

© © © 
California Indians. 

An effort is bring made by Frank M. New- 
president of the California Fish and 
Game Commission, to organize the sports- 
men of the Pacific Coast into a society 
called the "California Indians." Its object 
will be the protection of fish and game. 
There are several of such organizations in 
the Middle West 

A milting of sportsmen will he held at 
Del Monte on September 26th. 27th and 
2sth. 

There will also be a special barbecue of 
elk which will be furnished by George Wing- 
field of Nevada. 

9 9 © 
Dick Hotaling's Acting. 

That the public should take such an inter- 
est in the Hotaling lawsuit, is due largely 
to the celebrity gained by Dick Hotaling as 
an actor. The Hotaling family has lived 
quietly, and many of the old set in which 
the father and mother moved years ago has 
passed away. Were It not for Dick Hota- 
ling s amateur connection with the stage, 
the lawsuit would receive no deeper atten- 
tion than is paid to the many legal disagree- 
ments of rich families. 



Dick Hotaling comes by his love of the 
stage naturally. He was fond of the theatre 
and one of his closest friends was the late 
George Barnes, who for many years was a 
dramatic critic of the old Morning Call. 
Barnes was one of the pioneer newspaper- 
men who started the Call. They sold it to 
the late Loring Pickering, whose son was 
a major in the A. E. F., and whose uncle 
G. E. Crothers, is the head of the Evening 
Bulletin. 

At one time in his salad youth, Dick Hota- 
ling seriously contemplated the career of a 
tragedian. He studied diligently for the 
stage and had the benefit of the advice and 
criticism of George Barnes. The latter was 
not only one of the most capable but also 
one of the most respected critics in the 
country. 



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Star: RAII.EY A COWAN. the Banjoker 
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CBNT MOWER, in a Vocal Fantasia "The 
Spirit Of Melody." with Ruth Avery an-pro- 

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August 23, 1919 



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Social and Personal Items 



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ENGAGEMENTS. 

ARMSBY-PALMER, — Mr. and Mrs. James Ken- 
dal Armsby of Ross announced the engage- 
ment of their daughter. Miss Mary Arms- 
by, to Mr. Ralph Warren Palmer, son of 
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Palmer of Marin Co. 

EW1NG-MARISCH. — An announcement Is made 
of the engagement of Lieutenant Frank 
Mariseh and Miss Lillian Ewing. the latter 
a daughter of J. Cal Ewing. 

HOLMAN-SEWARD. — An engagement of ex- 
ceptional interest, just announced, is that 
of Miss Amy Holman of Berkeley and Pro- 
fessor Samuel S. Seward. Jr.. of Stanford 
University. 

MURPHY-ANDREWS. — Miss Bemice Murphy 
of San Francisco announced her engage- 
ment to Lieutenant Charles Spottiswoode 
Andrews of New Orleans at a supper given 
at her home on Green Street. 

OTTKN-PAINR — An engagement, just an- 
nounced in Portland and of interest in San 
Francisco, is that of Miss Ada Otten, daugh- 
ter of George Otten of the northern city, to 
Lieutenant George Thomas Paine, stationed 
in San Francisco. 

SMITH-HJELTE. — Announcement was made 
of the engagement of Miss Fannie A. Smith. 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George S. Smith, 
to Captain Carl George Hjelte. 

TAYLOR-WHITE. — The engagement of Miss 
Ruth Taylor and Mr. Leonard White was 
announced last Friday at a tea given in 
the Laurel Court of the Fairmont Hotel by 
Mrs. Alma Reed. 

WEDDINGS. 

ADAMS-BIEBER.— At a simple wedding, which 
took place at the home of the bride's par- 
ents, on Fourth Avenue. Miss Grace Mae 
Adams became tin- bride of Aubry C. Bie- 
ber, a young business man of this city. 

GENOCHIO-GUIDO— Last Tuesday evening at 
Sacred Heart Church. Miss Lila Josephine 
Genochio. youngest daughter of Mr. and 
.Mrs. Antone Genochio of Redwood City, be- 
came the bride of Angelo Guido of San 
Mateo. Rev. Father Joseph McQuade offi- 
ciated. 

STARK-KNOOB. — Miss Catherine Stark be- 
came the bride of Captain Earl Knoob of 
New Albany. Ind.. on Saturday afternoon 
at her home in Filbert street, Rev. Fred- 
i ! Ick Clampett performing the ceremony. 

TREAT-ST. GOAR. — Miss Alleen Treat and 
Frederick St. Goar were married Saturday 
evening at St, Luke's Church, Bishop Wm. 
MJoreland of Sacramento, performing the 
ceremony. 

LUNCHEONS. 

EWER, — Miss Janice Ewer was the hostess at 
a luncheon given for Miss Margaret Buck- 
bee at the Palace Hotel on Friday which 
was- a farewell to the young guesl of honor 
who is soon to leave for New York. 

GRAHAM.— Lieutenant Mansfield F. <: 

entertained a party of friends Tuesday with 
a luncheon at the Palace, afterward attend- 
ing the ball game between the nines of the 
U. s. S. Boston and the Marines of Mare 
Island. 

HOLMES.— Mrs, Robert Holmes ol St Louis-, 
entertained recently at the Town and Coun- 
try club with a luncheon and bridge In I 
of Mrs. Dutro Cale, 

LEE.— Miss Rosamond and Miss Margaret Lee 
were the hostesses at an informal luncheon 
and matinee party on Saturday afternoon 
for a number of their school friends. 

SEXTON.— Mrs. Ella M. Sexton gave a lunch- 
eon at the Fairmont Hotel Monday in honor 
of Mrs. Rudolph Herold of Sacramento. 

VAX RENSSELAER.— In honor of her cousin. 
Miss Sylvia Van Rensselaer was hostess at 
a luncheon at the Palace Hotel Wednesday 
afternoon. 



WILLIAMS.— Mrs. Marshall Williams gave a 
luncheon party Wednesday as a compli- 
ment to Mrs. Arch Tinning. 
TEAS. 

MacDONALD. — Miss Dorothy Childs MacDonald 
entertained at an afternoon tea party at 
the Fairmont on Saturday as a farewell 

compliment to Miss Harriet Kinder and 

Miss I larothy Duncan who are leaving for 

Honolulu soon. 
CLINE. — Mrs. Alan Cline was hostess at a tea 

Tuesday afternoon at her home on Union 

street, in honor of Mrs. Dutro Cale. 
filmer. — Miss Marlon Fllmer gave a tea at 

her home this week to bring together her 

friends after her absence in the country 

over the midsummer. 
SEVERI. — Mrs. Gino Severi entertained at a 

tea party in Laurel Court. Fairmont Hotel. 

this last week. Mrs. William Schwerln and 
Mis. James Shanly being the complimented 

guests. 

DINNERS. 
THORNE.— Mr. and Mrs. Julian Thome were 
hosts at a dinner party at the Menlo Golf 
Club Saturday night. 



LEW. — Mrs. Maybelle M. Levy entertained on 

Thursday evening at dinner In honor of her 
sister and brother-in-law. Mr. and Mrs. 
Jules M. Levy of Honolulu. 
MICHAELS.— Mr. and Mrs. Leopold Michaels 
entertained ut dinner Monday night in honor 
of Lieutenant-Gen< ral and Mrs. Hunter Lig- 
gett. 

MclNTOSH.— Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Mcin- 
tosh gave a dinner dance Saturda> evening 
to entertain a coterie of the friends of their 
daughter. Miss Alleen Mi In tosh. 

SCOTT. — A delightful affair given in honor of 

Lieutenant-General and Mrs. Hunter Lig- 
gett, was the dinner Tuesday evening over 
which Mr. and Mrs. rlenn T. Scott pre- 
sided, at their beaut Iful home In Burlln- 
game. 

STRONG. — General and Mrs. Frederick Strong 
entertained at dinner on Friday evening at 
the Palace. 

THEATRE PARTY. 

SCOTT.— Miss Ruth Scott was hostess on Sat- 
urday evening with a tin-air.' party in 
honor of her cousin. Miss Mildred Van 
Vechte, who is here from her home at 
("him for a summer visit , 
DANCES. 

A I >AMS, — Mrs, William Woods Adams gave a 

supper dance at Rainbow Lane on Monday 
evening for Miss Caroline Blount, who is 
the guest of Miss Frances Brack, 

Park home with a large dance. 

MeNEAR. — Honoring their niece, Miss Amanda 
M. Near. Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Mr Near 

entertained Tuesday evening at their Menlo 




Madame Marguerita Sylva, The Famous 
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August 23, 1919 



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THl'MLER- Miss Amalda Thumler entertained 
a number of friends at a dancing party re- 
cently at her summer home in Tolanda, Ma- 
rin County. 

ARRIVALS. 

BOSKN. — Miss Penelope Bosen has returned 
from a visit to the Henry Parker ranch in 
Northern California. 

BROWN. — Mrs. Henry Ward Brown has re- 
turned from New York and is at her home 
near San Mateo. 

CASTLE.— Dr. Edward Castle and his wife, 
1 >r. Cora Sutton Castle, who have been 
spending part of their vacation in the Yo- 
semite "Valley returned to their home at 
the Fairmont on Tuesday. 

CLAY, — Major and Mrs. Henry Clay have re- 
turned from a week-end visit to Ben Lo- 
mond where they were guests' of Mr. and 
Mrs. St, John Whitney. 

CROCKER. — Mrs. William H. Crocker, Miss 
Helen Crocker and Charles Crocker who 
have been at the McCloud River Country 
Club, have returned to New Place, Burlin- 
game. 

DENNIS. — Mr. and Mrs. Archibold R. Dennis 
have returned from an extended trip to 
Wawona, Lake Tahoe and the Yosemite. 

DONALDSON.— Mr. and Mrs. George Donald- 
son have returned to their home in Lake 
street, after a fortnight's stay in the Santa 
Cruz Mountains. 

FARREL. — Miss Kathleen Farrell, who has been 
with relatives in Boston for some time, has 
returned to her home in Broadway after 
an absence of seven months. 

GIBSON. — Mr. and Mrs. Algernon Gibson, who 
nave been spending the summer in Pied- 
mont have returned to town and are occu- 
pying the Winslow home in Pacific avenue. 

,|i HtNSON.— Mr. and Mrs. Otis R. Johnson, who 
h:iv<- been visiting in New York. Boston And 
elsewhere in the lOuat, have returned to 
their reoiflenoe in this city. 

MiLl'XH >. — Mis. Walter McLdOd and her two 

small children are here from Montana visit- 
ing her parents, Mr. and Mrs*. Charles st«*t - 
son w heeler, 
ODDIE, — Mr. and Mrs. Clarence (Mdle returned 

on Thursday from a trip to Lake Talw»\ 

where they have spent the past few weeks. 
PERRIN. — ] >r, ETdward B. Parrln has arrived 

in. ii i liis home in Williams. Arizona, and 

is at iii.- Palace Hotel 

P1NCKARD. — Mr. mid Mrs. Kyre Tin. kind have 

returned i" Ban Rafael from Lake Tahoe, 
where they have been sojourning for several 
weeks. 
POWERS.- Colonel and Hn Thomas J. P 

arrived in Ban Pi anclaoo thin week and 
win inaUr their home here tor tin- < > i ■ 

S.WKIv -Mrs A I,. Sayie Of Had) 

in San FrancfSCO <>ii Sninl:i\ ainl is D | 

at the st, Prancls Motel 
BHIPP, — Commandei Earl Bhlpp arrived in Ban 
Francisco laei b lolned his' wife at 

the Palrmonl i lot el. 

SMITH Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith and their 

daughter, Miss Betty smith returned 

their summer home. "FHr Hills." In lx»s 

l latOS, S;i I ut.la \ 

SOMORS.- Mis Roy i Somen, who. with her 
children, has bean at L.dn Tahoi 

i in her borne in town 
WOODRUFF.— Ueutenanl Charhc ,\. Woodruff, 

son \ \\ 'MOilrufT. has 

ifi in ned from Rngla i 
parents in Bei !-■ 

DEPARTURES 

DROWN - Mis WiliMid Drown has k 

Bants Darhasa I tt of Mr? jo*pj>,, 

Coleman «»f Chicago, who is sumn ■ 
there, 

BRENHARD. — Lieutenant Comtnaader A D. 

Proa hatd Of the MVy, and Mrs Hi ■ nlianl. 

w ho iia\ r oean mnMfia tbetr h©m> at the 
Fairmont, lafl Satua ng for i>*s 

An gel en, 

CRITTENDEN - fommand.M and Mrs K 

rrftiend.n have gone to Lake Ta 
KKK-Mr. and Mis Cftuiefl S Fr* and th«* 

Mr nid Kliial" I none 

stopping 

the Atlantic Coast. 

iiirwi.Krr rge fs swls u aas L 

^hlnjcton. IV C . i>» Join Mr Hewlett. 
I Mere (or the past two years 
easjs 



NICHOLS. — Bishop and Mrs. William Ford 
Nichols left on Monday for the East to be 
away for several months. 

ROONEY. — Mrs. J. J. Rooney and her daugh- 
ter, Miss Theresa Rooney, left on Satur- 
day for Washington, D. C. 

STRONG— General and Mrs. Frederick Strong, 
who have been guests at the Palace Hotel 
for a short time, have left for Orchard Lake, 
Mich., where they will make their home 
for the present. 

STURGES.— Mrs. Edward A. Sturges left this 
week for Paris after a two-month visit 
with her mother, Mrs. A. S. Montgomery 
at her home in Jackson street. 
INTIMATIONS. 

ADAMS. — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Adams have 
been spending the past fortnight in Chicago. 

BROWN. — Mr. and Mrs. Casper Brown and 
their children are spending the month of 
August at Oak Knoll, Napa County. 

HOBART.-Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Hobart will 
close their house in San Mateo in the near 
future and spend the winter in San Fran- 
cisco. 

JACOBS. — Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Jacobs and their 
son and daughter, Irving and Miss Ruth Ja- 
cobs, are enjoying a trip through the Ca- 
nadian Rockies, visiting at Banff and Lake 
Louise. 

McNAMARA.— Lieutenant-Colonel Wallace Mc- 
Namara. U. S. A., who recently returned 
to this country from France, has been pass- 
ing his leave with his family at the Pre- 
sidio. 

THOMAS. — Mrs. James W. Thomas of Detroit. 
Mich., is tin- house guest nf Mrs. A. J. War- 
ner. 1005 Hyde street. 

TREAT. — Brigadier-Gen. ill Charles G. Treat. 
U. S. A., with Mrs. Treat and their two 
daughters, has been enjoying a vacs 

at Vnsemile Valley. 
ZEILE.— Miss Marion Zelle is VtSttJng at the 
home of Mr. and Mrs. Talbot Walker In 
Montectto, 



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August 23. 1919 



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PLEASURE'S WAND 

"Obey No Wand But Pleasure's"— TOM MOORE 



Orpheum Presents Good Vaudeville. 

Big print sprawls its inky way in three 
places across the Orpheum program — which 
means that this week there are triplicate 
topliners. They are Trixie Friganza and 
her usual stunt, further aggravated by half 
socks and new sparklers in her song patter; 
Emma Haig and Jack Waldron in a dancing 
act that wins salvos of applause, and Wil- 
liam L. Gibson and Regina Connelli, in an 
Aaron Hoffman playlet that is built on the 
universal indoor theatrical sport-shooting at 
matrimony! 

Trixie Friganza has added the half socks 
and a checked bathing suit to her wardrobe 
and the effect is all that could be desired. 
Her popularity here is not in the least im- 
paired by the fact that she comes so often 
to the Orpheum that each time she just 
seems to be beginning where she left off 
the last visit. She never entirely discards 
the best of the old stuff and repetition never 
dulls the edge of it nor takes the guffaw out 
of the mirth that she produces when she 
tells about her friends the McGillicuddys 
and O'Ryans. Trixie is the kind of wonder 
that grows more wonderful all the time — 
also she grows more rotund but it does not 
seem to interfere with her dancing which 
is the last twist and turn of curvilinear 
agility. 

Emma Haig and Jack Waldron are just 
back from overseas — they belong to the 
company of artists who went over to enter- 
tain the boys and there were none more 
popular than these dancers. Which is easily 
understood by the delighted audiences 
watching them twirl their toes this week. 

The Hoffman skit which Gibson and Con- 
nelli do, is taming the bride affair and evi- 
dently the masculine element in the au- 
dience approves of the method — although 
few of them have ever followed it as is evi- 
denced by their own submissive manner to 
the lady in the next seat! 

Oscar Loraine styles himself a "Violin 
Nuttist" and he does strange, amusing and 
"nutty" enough things with the instrument 
to justify that title. Loraine could really 
card himself as a Super-Nut and get away 
with it. His wife has a pleasant voice and 
sings from the box. 

The Bradnas do a hat act that make most 
hat jugglers look like just ordinary millin- 
ers chucking a hat to the head trimmer. 
The other acts are holdovers and include 
George Reed and girls in "Pianoville," 
Steve Juhasz in "Bunkology," and Billy 
Mason, Alice Forrest and Harry Watson, in 
"Young Kid Battling Dugan." The usual 
pictures of current events open and close 
this attractive bill. 



Alcazar Adds Another Achievement. 

"The New Henrietta" is strung on the 
same wire that Bronson Howard used for 
the plot of the old play of that name. But 
modern playwrights have given "new busi- 
ness" to the actors who must walk that 



wire, and the Alcazar Company is at its hap- 
piest turning into account every dramatic 
twist and comedy slant of "The New Hen- 
rietta." 

Walter Richardson for two years in Aus- 
tralia played the part of the shabby old 
Bull of the stock market whose own son-in- 
law attempts to crush him while he is off 
on a yachting cruise. So he brings to the 
role a finer finish and more detailed draw- 
ing than the best of artists could possibly 
throw on the canvas if only the usual time 
permitted for stock company work had been 
his allotment. The play was originated by 
William Crane at a time when his years 
measured the author's idea of what the 
financier should look like. Richardson car- 
ries such light cargo of birthdays that he 
must ballast with grease paint, wigs, whisk- 
ers and other devices of stage make-up what 
he lacks in calendar achievement. Handi- 
capped by youth he entered the contest for 
a laurel leaf in the character of old "Nick" 
Van AJstyne, and for his portrayal of this 
classic role Australia handed him a whole 
laurel wreath. San Francisco play-goers, 
led by William Crane, himself, would not 
pull a single sprig out of that band of laurel. 
It is an achievement all the more remark- 
able because youth is portraying it. 

Vaughan Morgan is the biggest "find" the 
Alcazar has secured in many a season. He 
has the role of "Bertie," the young son of 
the stockbroker, who can't think fast under 
any circumstances, and therefore becomes 
an admirable figure to focus the action upon 
when it is at its speediest. Morgan makes 
this lovable "simp" just the Bertiest Bertie 
that ever walked across the stage. The 
newly developed science of vocational guid- 
ance has many cases of retarded mentality 
to deal with. Bertie gives the real clue to 
what might be done with them. They make 
excellent sons for millionaire fathers who 
cannot refuse an adored ward anything she 
may ask. In this case the young ward, 
played by Jean Oliver, asks for nothing bet- 
ter than Bertie and gets him. 

Belle Bennett plays the role of the widow 
and is supposed to register middle age glori- 
fied by irristible widowhood. She is suffi- 
ciently irristible. but not sufficiently aged 
to make the part fit into the plot as it 
should. She has other natural talents, if 
not that of age, which help her to put 
sparkle and effervescence into the play. 

Thomas Chatterton is the cool and cal- 
culating villain of the play. He betrays his 
wife and father-in-law as a gentleman should 
— which is intended to convey the idea that 
if a gentleman went about that kind of busi- 
ness he would do it very much in the Chat- 
terton style instead of the usual stage vil- 
lainy style. 

Henry Sehumer is the fashionable clergy- 
man and gets many laughs out of the au- 
dience by rather obvious methods. In de- 
fense of those methods it must be admitted 
that the part is an obvious one not adapted 
to subtleties and if Sehumer did not resort 



to the tricks that he does, it would be diffi- 
cult to get anything at all out of the role. 

Emily Pinter, Rafael Brunetto, Graham 
Earl, and Al Cunningham, complete the cast 
responsible for this revival of the Henrietta 
which is a dramatic achievement and worth 
many times the price of admission. 



SYMPHONY SEASON PLANS. 

The symphony season is to be open on 
October 10, in the Curran Theatre. Alfred 
Hertz has been re-engaged as musical di- 
rector. The board of governors trusts that 
the burden of continuing the orchestra 
which is becoming greater should not be 
left to the few who have supported it since 
its inception. That the orchestra has be- 
come an asset to our community is proven 
by the fact that 35 per cent of our ticket 
sales comes from persons living outside of 
San Francisco. 

Season tickets for members are now 
being sold at the offices of the Musical As- 
sociation, Phelan Building. The public sea- 
son sale will open on September 22. Season 
tickets for the twelve Friday symphonies 
range from gallery seats at $6 to orchestra 
seats at $24; for the twelve Sunday sym- 
phonies (repetitions) from gallery seats at 
$6 to orchestra seats at $12; for the ten 
popular concerts at $2.50 for gallery seats 
to orchestra seats at $9. 

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Orpheum Attractions. — Madame Marguer- 
ita Sylva, who opens at the Orpheum next 
week came direct from the celebrated Opera 
Comique in Paris and the Paris Grand 
Opera to the Chicago Grand Opera Company 
with which she sang "Carmen" and other 
operas last season. 

La Bernicia, America's youngest Prima 
Ballerina, will appear with Yvonne Verlaim? 
and Therese Neilsen, accomplished terpsi- 
choreans. 

Marion Harris, from Ziegfeld's "Midnight 
Frolic," has a knack of singing songs in the 
catchiest way. 

Bailey and Cowan assisted by clever and 
charming Estelle Davis will give a vocal and 
banjo turn. Millicent Mower will be heard 
in a vocal fantasia with Ruth Avery en- 
prologue. Jack Gray and Marie Norman 
will introduce their "Four Dancing Kew- 
pies." 

Oscar Loraine "The Violin Nuttist"; Wil- 
liam Gibson and Regina Connelli in their 
comedy success "The Honeymoon," and 
Emma Haig and Jack Waldron in their con- 
ception of song and dance, will be the only 
holdovers in a bill which reaches a high 
standard of vaudeville. 

* * * 

Alcazar Dates. — Commencing at the Sun- 
day matinee, "The Brat" will be revived by 
public request. 

For Pacific Fleet Week, including a holi- 
day matinee on Labor Day, the Alcazar 
promises to announce a play of great inter- 
est alike to city play-goers and the thou- 
sands of incoming visitors. 



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LIBRARY 



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By Dick Steele 



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Some hypercritical persons have been 
asking why the Bohemian Club has placed 
a bronze plaque commemorative of Bret 
Harte on the exterior of its building, so that 
all the city may see it by going up Post 
Street. 

It is unusual that literary talent should 
have public recognition in this city of ours, 
which once was celebrated as the only com- 
munity in America with a distinctive "art 
atmosphere." 

Literature and art have fallen on evil 
days in our great city. The tidal wave of 
commerciality has swept away many of our 
old landmarks and traditions of Bohemia. 
The Bohemian Club remains intact and re- 
sists the deluge in some degree. Whatever 
the degree the resistance is commendable. 

To the great fire, we may attribute the 
temporary decline of the literary and art 
spirit in San Francisco. Prior to the catas- 
trophe of 1906, the city was a storehouse of 
accumulating wealth. There was a leisure 
class. There was also a leaven of the cul- 
tivation of older cities like New York, Bos- 
ton, Baltimore. The Southern planter- 
refugees after the Civil War had brought 
here their lares and penates and ruled in 
society. The environment was favorable to 
the art spirit. Vivified by our incomparable 
climate, it attained a strength which sur- 
prised cosmopolitan visitors. They carried 
back to New York, London and Paris im- 
pressions of a growing Athens of the Far 
West, and created a desire amongst foreign 
artists and writers to see and study us. 

Art and literature flourish only in sur- 
roundings of established wealth and ease, 
and since the fire of 1906 San Francisco has 
devoted her energies to a feverish struggle 
for the rebuilding of her houses and the res- 
toration of her fortunes. No longer do we 
find book stores prominent on our main 
streets. Pictures are few in our apartment 
houses, and even in our pretentious resi- 
dences. The art colony is not what It was 
in the number of famous names, if in the 
talent of the members. 

The art and literary spirit of San Fran- 
cisco is not dead, however. It merely slum- 
bers. It can no more die here than in Flor- 
ence or Rome, Paris or Madrid. The sun- 
shine and blue skies and the joy of life 
will always keep it :ilive. 

The Bohemian club has done well to erect 
a tablet to commemorate the genius of Bret 
Harte. More than any of the famous writ 
ers. whom California produced, he has pre- 
served the spirit of the pioneer pathfinders, 
who pursued their quest of gold, undeterred 
by the hardships of the forest primeval and 
the mountains and valleys unexplored. 

That Bret Harte was a true product of 
California, in a literary sense, was shown 
by the deterioration of his work when he 
left this State to fill a consular position in 
England. The fogs and rains of Albion wore 
fatal to the genius of one transferred from 
the land of sunshine and fruit and D 

Following are two of the most famous of 



Harte's poems, his Heathen Chinee, which 
appealed to the public taste, and his verses 
on Charles Dickens, which are marked by 
a sincerity of sentiment and present a truth 
of depiction, unexcelled in all his other 
work. 



PLAIN LANGUAGE FROM TRUTHFUL 

JAMES. 
Which I wish to remark 

And my language is plain 
That for ways that are dark 

And for tricks that are vain 
The heathen Chinese is peculiar 

Which the same I would rise to explain. 

Ah Sin was his name 

And I shall not deny 
In regard to the same 

What that name might imply 
But his name was pensive and childlike 

As I frequently remarked to Bill Nye. 

It was August the third 

And quite soft were the skies 
Which it might be inferred 

That Ah Sin was likewise 
Yet he played it that day upon William 

And me in a way I despise. 

Yet the cards they were stocked 

In a way that I grieve 
And my feelings were shocked 

At the state of Nye's sleeve 
Which was stuffed full of aces and bowers 

And the same with intent to deceive. 

But the hands that were played 

By that heathen Chinee 
And the points that he made 

Were quite frightful to see, — 
Till at last he put down a right bower 

Which the same Nye had dealt unto me. 

I looked up at Nye 

And he gazed upon me 
And he rose with a sigh 

And he said. "Can this be? 
We are ruined by Chinese cheap labor — " 

And he went for that heathen Chinee. 

In the scene that ensued 

I did not take a hand 
But the floor it was strewed 

Like the leaves on the strand 
With the cards that Ah Sin bad been hiding 

In the game "he did not understand." 

In bis sleeves which were long 

He had twenty-four jacks — 
Which was coming It strong 

Yet I state but the facts: 
And we found in his nails which were taper. 

What Is frequent in apers— that's wax. 

Which is why I remark 

And why my language is plain 
That for ways that are dark 

And for tricks that are vain 
The heathen Chinee is peculiar 

Which the same I am free to maintain 



DICKENS IN CAMP. 
Above the pines the moon was slowly drift- 
ing 
The river sang below; 
The dim Sierras, far beyond uplifting 
Their minarets of snow. 

The roaring camp-fire, with rude humor, 
painted 
The ruddy tints of health 
On haggard face, and form that drooped 
and fainted 
In the fierce race for wealth. 

Till one arose, and from his pack's scant 
treasure 
A hoarded volume drew, 
And cards were dropped from hands of list- 
less leisure 
To hear the tale anew; 

And then while round them shadows gather 
faster 

And as the firelight fell, 
He read aloud the book wherein the master 

Had writ of "Little Nell." 

Perhaps 'twas a boyish fancy — for the 
reader 
Was youngest of them all — 
But, as he read from clustering pine and 
cedar 
A silence seemed to fall. 

I 
The fir-trees, gathering closer in the shad- 
ows. 
Listened in every spray. 
While the whole camp, with "Nell" on Eng- 
lish meadows 
Wandered and lost their way 

And so in mountain solitudes— o'ertaken 

As by some spell divine — 
Their cares dropped from them like the 

needles shaken. 
From out the gusty pine. 

Lost is that camp, and wasted all its Ore! 

And he who wrought that spell? — 
Ah! towering pine and stately Kentish spire. 

Ye have one tale to tell! 

Lost Is the camp! but Us fragrant story 
Blend with the breath that thrills 

With hop-vines' incense all the pensive glory 
That Alls the Kentish hills. 

And on that grave where English oak and 
holly. 

And laurel wreaths entwine. 
Deem it not all a too presumptous folly — 

This spray of Western pine I 



There Is no cover charge at Fred Solari's. 
You simply pay for what you eat and drink 
at the fine restaurant, which in its cuisine 
and service cannot be surpassed. In addi- 
tion there is high-class entertainment by 
clever artists, and music by Floyd Young's 
Jazz Orchestra, placed close to the dancers 
on the main floor. 



-Wedding Presents: The choicest variety 
to select from at Marsh's, who Is now 
permanently located at Post and Powell 
Streets. 



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San Francisco News Letter 



August 23, 1919 



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Lost a Rich Husband 



By Horace Hillard 



"Who was it wrote that the best laid 
plans o£ mankind get all balled up, Town- 
send?" asked my old friend, Dr. Pendleton. 

"Bobby Burns, Doc, but that wasn't ex- 
actly how he penned it." 

"Let's see if I remember it: 'The best 
laid plans of mice and men gang aft aglee.' 
That's it. He was a true poet. — Bobby 
Burns?" 

"Yes — and he never wrote anything truer 
than the lines you have quoted." 

"What brought them to my mind was the 
recollection of what happened suddenly to 
the wedding plans of my young patient, 
Fairbanks Millaird. I had a letter from 
him today saying he is in good health again, 
but will not come back to San Francisco for 
a long time — perhaps never. He will change 
his mind on that for Californians always re- 
turn — and return sooner than they expected. 
There is only one California in the world." 

Doctor Pendleton settled back in his chair 
and knocked the ashes from his cigar. He 
was in a reminiscent mood after a busy day 
of half a dozen operations, major and 
minor. There is no busier man on earth 
than the celebrated physician and surgeon, 
whom we, in his circle of intimate friends, 
call "Doc." After work he likes to play and 
talk. 

"This is no breach of confidence, Town- 
send." said the Doctor. "I suppose every 
woman in San Mateo and Marin county 
knows some of the story already. Few of 
them have learned all the facts in their 
proper order. 

"You know, of course, that the wedding 
of young Fairbanks Millaird to his cousin, 
Mildred Bolton, was most unexpectedly 
postponed. It was given out for public con- 
sumption that the bride-to-be had started for 
Europe. Her uncle in London had been 
taken dangerously ill, it was announced. 
He desired to see her before he died, the 
story went." 

"Yes, Doc, I remember it. Millaird, him- 
self, was very sick after the sudden depar- 
ture of his fiancee. The affair caused a 
great stir in society." 

"That's how I got into the case. I was 
called into consultation with the family phy- 
sician and another doctor. It took the skill 
of all three of us to pull him through. He 
is a high-strung, nervous young fellow, not 
very robust and he got quite a jolt for a 
prospective bridegroom. 

" 'Twas this way," continued the Doctor. 
"Millaird's mother is English. Her family 
name is Bolton. One of her brothers, 
Gregory Bolton was an assayer who went 
to South Africa and died last year, a month 
after his wife. His daughter, Mildred Bol- 
ton was left penniless and dependent on her 
relatives. None of them, except Mrs. Mil- 
laird the rich aunt in California, had a cent. 

"An uncle, Horace, who lived at Putney, 
up the River Thames from London, was a 
portrait painter, but had to give it up and 
go paintig boats and fences. 

"It was decided that Mildred should come 
out to her rich aunt in the far west. Mrs. 



Millaird was willing to take the girl. From 
the photographs of Mildred that had been 
sent a few years before to California, the girl 
promised to bud into a pretty woman. She 
received a nice education at Capetown. Mrs. 
Milliard contributed to that expense. 

" 'I hope Mildred takes after her father,' " 
the rich aunt used to say. Mrs. Millaird had 
the kinship sentiment very strong in her 
and the South African assayer was her pet 
brother. 

"Fairbanks Millaird did not concern him- 
self much about the coming of Cousin Mil- 
dred to California. The Millaird million- 
and-a-half was sufficient to keep them all. 
He never imagined it possible that he would 
woo the South African relative for he was 
on the point of asking Marguerite Pritchard 
of the exclusive social set of Ross Valley to 
accept the finest engagement ring at 
Shreve's. 

"But to repeat the fateful words of Bobby 
Burns, 'The best laid plans of mice and 
men,' etc., Fairbanks was fated to fall head 
over ears in love with the cousin from 
South Africa, but the wedding day prepared 
for was never to come." 

Dr. Pendleton went on to tell how Mildred 
found it difficult to get passage to the 
United States. Several times the date of 
her arrival in San Francisco was postponed. 
Mrs. Millaird was just as well pleased that 
the delays occurred, for she was having a 
couple of rooms done in white and gold for 
her niece and the decorators were tardy. 
All at once and unexpected, a telegram ar- 
rived, stating that the niece had reached 
Sacramento on the Overland train, and 
would arrive in San Francisco that evening. 
Mrs. Millaird could not understand it. 

" 'Gracious me — how did this mix-up oc- 
cur?' " exclaimed the aunt on reading the 
telegram. "Fairbanks you will have to take 
the limousine down and meet her. I'm so 
far behind in my preparations I can't spare 
the time to go with you. Dear me this is 
very inconvenient — but I'm glad the girl is 
safe after her long trip." 

"Fairbanks was more put out than his 
mother by the premature arrival. He had 



planned to make his proposal and present 
the fine diamond solitaire to Marguerite 
Pritchard, his Ross Valley love, that very 
night. 

" 'I can't do it mother,' he said. 

" 'You will do it,' replied Mrs. Millaird 
with such decision that Fairbanks knew 
obedience was the only alternative. 

" 'If it's that Ross Valley girl that's both- 
ering you why don't you take her along 
with you in the limousine to meet Cousin 
Mildred?' added the mother. 

"Fairbanks had to make the best of it. 
'I'll postpone proposing to her,' he said to 
himself. 'I'll phone her to come and meet 
my cousin with me.' " 

* * * * 

When Cousin Mildred, from South Africa, 
stepped from the Overland train at the Oak- 
land depot she found Fairbanks Millaird 
and his Ross Valley sweetheart awaiting 
her. She saw the pair sooner than they 
discovered her. They were looking for 
some one with a suggestion of the Dark 
Continent in her air or dress — perhaps 
ostrich plumes stuck in her back-hair or 
golden pendants in her nostrils. None of 
the passengers that stepped on the plat- 
form seemed abnormal. The last was a tall 
and unusually handsome blonde, who car- 
ried a black satchel and glancing up and 
down the platform started for the waiting 
ferry-boat. 

"Cousin Mildred isn't on that train," com- 
mented Fairbanks Millaird to his lady love. 

A colored porter informed him that all the 
passengers had left the train. 

"Who you look foh sah?" the porter asked. 

"Miss Mildred Bolton — an English girl." 

"That's her Sah — carryin' the black 
satchel — if you run you ketch her an get 
ovah to the city on dis ferry-boat, sah — 
Thank you sah." Fairbanks had tossed him 
a dollar. 

Cousin Mildred reached the ferry-boat 
ahead of her pursuers and was lost in the 
crowd of passengers. 

"Now how are we going to find her?" 
queried Fairbanks. 

"Oh, that's easy," answered his compan- 
ion. "I noticed the coat she wore. It's an 
English make I'm sure. And she does her 
hair in a new style — and she has a com- 
plexion like an actress and queer eyes — 
greenish gray kind — and her ears" — 

"For Heaven's sake," interrupted Fair- 
banks. "How could you see all that in a 
glance at a stranger?" 



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Will Reopen Monday, September I 

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"I'm a woman, Fairbanks," his sweetheart 
answered. 

One turn around the upper deck of the 
ferryboat was sufficient to find the lost girl. 

"There she is," said Fairbanks' sweet- 
heart, pointing to his cousin who was seated 
near the forward rail with her black satchel 
at her feet. 

* * * * 

It took Fairbanks Millaird only ten min- 
utes in his high-powered limousine to trans- 
port Cousin Mildred and Marguerite Pritch- 
ard to his mother's house. The two girls 
hated each other, rancorously, before half 
the journey was made. Any woman could 
have told that by the honeyed sweetness of 
their conversation. 

"Something mysterious about that cold- 
blooded, deceitful thing," was Marguerite 
Pritchard's mental summary of her new ac- 
quaintance, as they stepped out of the limou- 
sine and up the broad steps of the Millaird 
manson where the gray-haired and matronly 
owner was awaiting them. 

"How uninteresting and countryfled that 
Pritchard girl is. I can't see how any man 
could admire her," was the private condensa- 
tion of Cousin Mildred's opinions. 

Mrs. Millaird was delighted with the 
daughter of her favorite brother. 

"You are the very picture of poor, dear 
Gregory, when he was a boy," she cooed. 
"And how you have improved in the last 
few years. You're ever so much prettier 
than in the last photograph your father sent 
me. But young girls always change for the 
better or worse. My dear you have become 
a beauty — lit to grace the movies, if you 
had to earn your living — which you never 
will have to do — thank goodness." 

Fairbanks Millaird did not present the 
beautiful diamond solitaire to his Ross Val- 
ley sweetheart that week, or the next. He 
instantly cultivated an admiration for his 
South African cousin which grew into an in- 
fatuation with lighting speed. In a month 
he was engaged to her. He bought a second 
beautiful engagement ring. The one he in- 
tended for Marguerite Pritchard he donated 
to a charity salvage sale. 

* * * • 

Mrs. Millaird took as much pleasure in 
the purchase of her niece's trousseau as if 
it were her own wedding and she had again 
become a girl. She and Mildred shopped in- 
cessantly. 

Three days before the wedding date as 
the aunt and niece were coming oul of the 
White House to their limousine, a stout 
man in overalls, who appeared to be an iron 
worker and was doing some repairs on I he 
track of the United Railroads, stopped and 
stared at them as if about to speak Mrs 
Millaird glared at the presumptions indivi- 
dual and her niece hurried into the Union- 
sine and drew the curtains. The stout me 
chanic followed to (he door of the car and 
the chauffeur descended from his seat to In- 
terfere. The uniformed doorman of the dry 
goods establishment hurried up and a big 
policeman came running to the scene, which 
was most unusual, and to Mrs. Milliard ex 
cessively annoyine. 

The policeman laid vigorous hands on the 
stout mechanic and began to hustle him. 
but the man was the equal of the officer of 
the law in strength, and having evidently 
more wrestling skill, tripped the policeman 
and brought him down with a crash on the 



sidewalk. He again made an effort to reach 
the limousine but the chauffeur started the 
car and sped away. 

The policeman on regaining his feet drew 
his club and the fashionable shopping dis- 
trict was treated to a contest, exciting 
enough to have been the headline event at 
a boxing club. 

When the police patrol wagon came gal- 
loping up and the belligerent mechanic had 
been shoved into it he kept shouting to the 
crowd that all he wanted to do was to 
speak to his daughter, "Hattie" and he had 
been clubbed for it. He had a Cockney ac- 
cent. 

"Is this a free country, I awsk you?" he 
roared. 

"The police judge will tell you tomorrow 
morning," answered the arresting police- 
man, who was trying to arrange his torn 
uniform and soothe his bumps. 

* * * * 

At the Millaird home that day the appe- 
tizing luncheon was almost untouched. The 
mistress of the mansion was much agitated. 
Her son, to whom she related the encounter 
with the man in overalls, was boiling over 
with rage. Mildred was the least affected. 
She said little, and that was to minimize 
the affair. 

While Mrs. Millaird was toying with a 
slice of broiled chicken, there came a phone 
message from the central police station. 
Would Mrs. Milliard and the young lady 
who was with her appear at the police court 
next morning to prosecute the rough indi- 
vidual who had annoyed them? 

"We think the fellow is crazy." said the 
police sergeant at the phone. 

"Very likely," said Fairbanks Millaird. 
who was holding the receiver while his 
mother and Mildred listened. 

"The guy thinks that the young woman 
he saw with Mrs. Millaird is his daughter, 
Hattie, a movie actress," said the sergeant. 

"His daughter, Hattie — a movie actress." 
laughed Fairbanks. "He certainly Is crazy." 

"A dangerous madman. We were lucky to 
have escaped so easy," said Mrs. Millaird. 
when Fairbanks repeated the sergeant's 
words. 

"Ton folks come down in the morning to 
court and we'll have the guy sent to the 
bughouse." concluded the sergeant. 

* • • • 

None of the Millaird family went to the 
police court next morning to prosecute the 
Interrupter of their happiness. His state- 
ment was verified 

When Mrs Millaird went to Mildred's 
white and gold boudoir to see why she did 
not come down to dinner, the niece had 
gone She had packed her black satchel 
and slipped away A penciled note pinned 
on her bureau explained all. It ran: 

■'I'.ar Mrs Millaml 

"How can -nurrtit 

upon you amt Fairbanks * I am a horrtl 

poster and not v<- Poor 

1 \v;is with her on 

the trip fn»m Dnftland and stayed with her till 

..! ..f pneumonia in CI hoped 

lUJth enough (•> flnfpn the Jon- 
mla without Informing yen of her 
: 
girl and not fit to tak. »ui-h a Inn* journey 
"I was cmhk to write you when ahe passed 



■» and ask Fairnan 

to ,) ; ike him 

but my roil udtd. 



"Your niece. Mildred, was poor like myself 
and had nothing of value with her when she 
died, except an old watch of her fathers and a 
few little trinkets she intended to give you. 
They are in the right-hand corner of the upper 
drawer of the bureau. 

"I did everything a friend could for Mildred 
while she was alive and saw her decently buried 
with the little money she had. and some I paid 
myself. 

"When you are not so angry with me I will 
give you all the details, if you wish. 

"Please. Mrs. Millaird, have my father let out 
of prison. He tells the truth. His name is 
Henry Fellows. He is an iron worker and I 
thought he was in Seattle. He has been aftet 
me all the time to quit the stage and settle 
down and keep house for him, as he is a 
widower. 

"Please, oh please, forgive me. Mrs. Millaird. 
I meant no wrong to you for Mildred was dead. 
"HATTIE FELLOWS." 

It was ten minutes before Mrs. Millaird 
stirred in the rocking chair, into which she 
fell, on finishing the letter. 

"Poor Fairbanks — poor, poor Fairbanks," 
she muttered, as she aroused herself at last 
and placed the letter in the bosom of her 
dress. 

* * * * 

1 1 was given out that Fairbanks was 
taken down with the influenza. He really 
had a nervous collapse. To an older man 
it might have been a stroke of apoplexy. 

"But youth is a great asset," concluded 
the Doctor. "No trained nurse could be as 
attentive to Fairbanks as his old sweetheart, 
Marguerite Pritchard. I hope their honey- 
moon trip around the world to the Orient 
and back will not be marred by the dis- 
turbed post-war conditions." 

(Copyright, 1918, Horace Hlllard.) 



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August 23, 1919 



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The Motor Car 






By R. R. l'Hommedieu 



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The arrival of the big fleet is at hand 
which means when the ships come into the 
harbor there is going to be a big demand 
for motor cars to entertain and take care 
of those who will take part in the cere- 
monies of welcoming those who saved thou- 
sands of lives of those who went over to 
France. 

There is no question but this asking for 
motor cars has been overdone in the past. 
The blunt of *he accommodation coming, 
however, from the automobile trade. 

This time it will have to be the private 
owners who will have to supply the cars. 
The automobile trade is without cars. Every 
one that they receive from the factory is 
being driven away by some one who has had 
an order in for it for months. 

The private owner should realize the im- 
portance of the occasion and forego a little 
of their own pleasure, to give pleasure to 
those who so richly deserve it. 

This is a chance for San Francisco to 
make good once more and uphold its reputa- 
tion for making good. 

* * * 

The fleet is going to steam into old Mon- 
terey harbor on the 25th. When the big 
fleet came North, some years ago, and came 
into this historic harbor, the motorists of 
San Francisco were there to greet them. 

The Automobile Club of California was 
in existence at that time and called a run 
to the old Mission town by the sea. Today 
we have no association of its kind, to call 
such a run, and it might be well for the 
trade association to take the place of the 
club that was, and hold a run to Monterey 
over Saturday afternoon, Sunday and Mon- 
day. 

* * * 

The airplane will take a prominent part 
in the welcoming of the fleet. This will be 
the first time that San Francisco will wit- 
ness real airplane work. Earl P. Cooper will 
have a fleet of planes in the air, and from 
the present reports many of those who have 
purchased planes will fly to San Francisco 
to take part in the ceremonies. 

The fact that so many airplanes are likely 
to be here, shows how sadly we need a pub- 
lic aerodrome. Outside of the Marina there 
is only private property where they can 
land and realizing that land owners will 
appreciate the advantage of the occasion 
it may be somewhat costly for some of the 
aviators who come down on such private 
property without permission. 

It is too late to secure such a permanent 
aerodrome, but those who have charge of 
the welcoming of the fleet should see that 
some generous land owner gives permission 
to use his land for the occasion. 

* * * 

Now if the skyline boulevard was com- 
plete, what a sight it would be to see the 
motorists convoy the fleet from Monterey 
to San Francisco. As it is, they can drive 
in sight of the fleet all the way up the coast 
to Colma, and if a run to that city was pro- 



gramed it might be possible to hold the 
fleet off "The Heads" long enough to allow 
the motorist who drove up along the coast 
time enough to drive in by way of Colma 
and reach San Francisco in time to be on 
hand when the big ships come through the 
Golden Gate. 

* * • 

An important meeting of the Motor and 
Accessory Manufacturers Association will 
be held at Buffalo on September 11th and 
12th, at the Hotel Lafayette. 

The meeting will be primarily a Credit 
Managers' Convention, but general execu- 
tives of the various companies of the Asso- 
ciation are expected to attend, as subjects 
of direct and vital importance to business 
in general and the automotive industry in 
particular will be discussed. 

* * * 

Vice President and Field Secretary Oster- 
mann's schedule for his trans-continental 
drive over the Lincoln Highway this season 
has been materially changed, in view of his 
appointment as official pilot for the trans- 
continental truck convoy. As Ostermann 
was about to leave Detroit for his season's 
work on the road, advice was received from 
Washington that the General Staff had 
O. K.'d the trans-continental convoy on the 
Lincoln Highway on June 11th, and both he 
and Vice President and Secretary A. F. 
Bement were called to Washington for final 
conference with the officers heading the 
Motor Transport Corps. The Lincoln High- 
way officials unreservedly offered the War 
Department the full co-operation of the or- 
ganization and pledged the enthusiastic sup- 
port of all Lincoln Highway Consuls be- 
tween New York and San Francisco to make 
the trip a success. 

* * * 

In Lincoln's day the United States Gov- 
ernment subsidized the Union Pacific Rail- 
road because Lincoln with far-seeing vision 
realized the importance to the nation, as a 
whole, of the opening up of the Great West, 
and the putting through of the first main 
line connection between the Missouri and 
the Pacific. In Roosevelt's day, again for 
the benefit of American trade and prosper- 
ity and expansion, we cut the continent at 
the isthmus and moved New York 7900 
miles nearer San Francisco by water at a 
cost of nearly $500,000,000. 

It is now proposed that the Government 
appropriate $425,000,000 for the construction 
of a Federal Highway System. 

Senator Chas. T. Townsend of Michigan, 
has introduced into the Sixty-Sixth Congress 
a bill, numbered S 1309, which strikes at 
the root of our present difficulties, and as- 
sures this nation — not a hundred years from 
now, but immediately, within five years — of 
an adequate, permanent, basic main line 
system of some 25,000 miles of Federal 
Highways, "two main line highways in each 
State," to which the highway systems of the 
states and counties can connect, thus tying 
the highway system of every State with the 



system of every other State and binding 
the nation closely together commercially, 
socially and strategically. 

The Townsend bill centralizes all Federal 
Highway authority under one central non- 
partisan commission of experts to be ap- 
pointed by the President, from different po- 
litical parties and different sections of the 
Union. 

It is a sane, business-like constructive 
measure that answers fully the demand of 
the country as voiced in the resolution 
passed at the Chicago Highway Conference, 
and by the Board of Directors of the Lin- 
coln Highway Association, 

The Townsend bill can and should pass 
in this Congress, and every citizen of the 
United States who is interested in proper 
highway construction; who is interested in 
the efficient expenditure of public money; 
who is interested in the transportation prob- 
lems of this country, should understand this 
bill and support it in every way possible. 

If Congress is as sensitive to unity of na- 
tional demand as it is constitutionally in- 
tended to be, the Townsend bill, or at least 
its fundamental features, will be enacted 
into law this year and the whole country 
will cheer. 

* • * 

Did you ever observe that no traction en- 
gine offered in trade had been run over 
three seasons, or that any second-hand auto- 
mobile had run over eight thousand miles, 
according to the speedometer? 

* * * 

Ray D. Ater: "In your opinion, who was 
America's greatest creator of fiction?" 

Repair Bill: "Well, the guy who named 
the 'one-man' top was no slouch." 



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and California Advertiser 



17 



Important Realty Sale 



THE WESTERN STATES LIFE INSUR- 
ANCE COMPANY FORESEES THE 
RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF MARKET 
STREET BUSINESS. 

A very important realty sale is that of the 
fifteen-story Hewes Building on the south- 
east corner of Sixth and Market Streets to 
the Western States Life Insurance Company 
for $650,000 cash. 

The company expects to make at least 6 
per cent on the investment. Unless some- 
thing unforeseen happens the real estate 
market, the deal will be very profitable to 
the buyers. The property is likely to in- 
crease in value rapidly in the next few 
years. 

The development of Market Street has so 
far been surprisingly slow. It is the main 
street of the city and runs from the ferry. 
It is level, which is indispensable in a busi- 
ness street. Business never runs up hill. 

The fact is very significant in San Fran- 
cisco, for level streets are few. Most of 
them run but a short distance till they begin 
to go up grade. 

Our Market Street, is not unlike Broad- 
way, New York, in the way it starts at the 
water front and runs up town. It is a much 
finer thoroughfare than Broadway, and is 
perhaps one of the best situated business 
streets in the world. Railroads come into it 
from all sections. In fact, the majority of 
shoppers are carried into Market Street. 
It is therefore adapted to retail trade, as 
no other street in the city, and its business 
must continue to increase. It surprises vis- 
itors from large Eastern cities, that so many 
blocks of upper Market Street are devoted 
to lumber yards and other lines of trade 
that belong to obscure suburban localities. 

Broadway, New York, was also a street 
of slow development. Twenty-five years 
ago the business above Fourteenth Street 
was inconsiderable. The large department 
stores were below that. The Union Square 
Theatre, on Fourteenth was an uptown 
house. The Star Theatre, where Henry 
Irving made his first appearance was below 
Fourteenth Street. The center of the night 
life was Union Square and Fourteenth 
Street. Now the Dlght life has shifted to 
blocks above Fortieth Street. The great 
hotels are all up town, beyond Fortieth So 
are the theatres. New York has been trans 
formed. 

A similar transformation is sure to oeeur 
In San Francisco. The business section of 
San Francisco has been shifting steadily 
since pioneer days. It has come up Mont 
gomery and Kearny Streets and into Market 
Street, and the triangle bounded by Market 
Sutter and Powell Streets. Powell Street 
is hilly and therefore handicapped for retail 
trade. The business will continue to press 
out Market Street. The retail stores will 
get closer to the residence districts of Sun 
set. Richmond, the Western Addition and 
the Mission. Some of these districts, espe- 
cially the Mission, have already developed 
local trade, but the large stores will remain 
on Market Street. 

All this development was outlined by the 
late Dan Burnham. a famous Eastern arehi 
led. who was asked to make a new plnn of 
San Francisco after the fire of 1906. He 



placed the true Civic Center at Van Ness 
and Market Street. 

Burnham's plans were disregarded. The 
city was rebuilt on lines different from what 
he thought advisable. A large part of the 
population now lives in the apartment-house 
district, between Stockton, California, Ellis 
and Polk Streets. Most of that district is 
hilly and never can develop an important 
business section. In fact San Francisco has 
comparatively a small area adapted to the 
growth of large retail trade. For that rea- 
son Market Street property must become 
like Broadway and Fifth Avenue property 
in New York, the Strand in London and the 
leading Boulevards in Paris. 

The purchase of the Hewes Building at 
Sixth and Market Streets by the Western 
States Life Insurance Company, is there- 
fore a pick-up. It is many times more than 
a bargain. The ground alone today is easily 
worth half-a-million. The fifteen-story build- 
ing could not be erected now for half-a- 
million. 

The insurance company is easily a quar- 
ter-of-a-million ahead on the transaction. 
Whatever deterioration may occur in the 
building will be much more than made up 
by the increase of the ground value, which 
will be rapid from now on. Market Street 
has improved more in the past three years 
than the previous twenty. 

This shrewd stroke of business speaks 
well for the foresight of the Western States 
Life Insurance Company. Its president, \V. 
J. Saunders, is evidently a man of vision. 
He was elected to his present position about 
a year ago and his management has more 
than fulfilled expectations. Overhead ex- 
penses have been reduced and receipts In- 
creased. The Company is able to pay for 
its fine real estate purchase on Market 
Street out of its surplus profits. It has sold 
low-interest bonds and used the money to 
buy the